Dodgers choose lefty Huff to make spot start

Southpaw gets call to fill in for injured Ryu after strong spring camp

Dodgers choose lefty Huff to make spot start

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers settled on left-hander David Huff to start Tuesday night's game against Seattle. A corresponding roster move will be needed to make room for Huff on the 25-man roster.

Huff was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training and slides into the fifth-starter spot, needed because southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu is on the disabled list with a left shoulder impingement.

Huff went 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in Spring Training and was bitterly disappointed that his performance wasn't good enough to break with the Major League club.

"Not breaking with the team bummed me out a little. I thought I did everything I could," he said. "I knew there was talk about needing a starter for Tuesday. I couldn't concentrate on that. They have a method to their madness. They're smart; that's why they're in the positions they're in."

In his only appearance at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, Huff allowed one run in three innings of relief.

The starter of that game, right-hander Scott Baker, also was considered a candidate to make Tuesday night's start, but manager Don Mattingly preferred the matchup of Huff against Seattle's left-handed hitters.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.