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Huff open for any available job with Indians


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- David Huff is willing to accept any job the Indians might have to offer for the Opening Day roster. Cleveland has been building up the lefty's innings like a starter this spring, but a bullpen role as a long reliever is also a possibility.

Huff already knows what his answer would be to either assignment.

"I'd say, 'OK,'" Huff said. "Whether I'm starting or I'm in the bullpen, I don't care. It's a job in Cleveland. I don't care where it is. I can be giving signs over at first base, as long as I'm up there."

The 28-year-old Huff is up against Zach McAllister, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber, Scott Kazmir and Daisuke Matsuzaka for one of the two vacancies at the back end of Cleveland's rotation. Huff is also in the conversation, along with multiple arms, for one of the handful of available spots in the Indians' bullpen.

Considering that Huff is out of Minor League options, Cleveland is keeping an open mind.

"He's in every mix," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That's why we're keeping him stretched out as long as we can. And then you kind of start making decisions based on how your team is set up. The last thing you want to do is, too early in camp, tell a guy he's going in the bullpen and then try to stretch him out again. That doesn't work."

In Tuesday's 4-3 Cactus League win over the Giants, Huff allowed one run on three hits in three innings of work. He struck out three hitters and issued one walk in the effort. Huff's lone gaffe came in the sixth inning against left-handed-hitting Brandon Belt, who launched a solo homer off the southpaw.

On the spring, Huff has given up four runs on six hits in seven innings, during which he has turned in five strikeouts and three walks.

"My approach right now is I'm season ready," Huff said. "Outside of some fine tuning here and there, it's just building it up. I had the whole offseason to get ready."

Francona just wants to see more consistent command.

"He has to locate, especially arm side," Francona said. "If he can keep his fastball on the outer half of the plate and locate -- because he has Major League stuff across the board -- he should be able to have success."

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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