Huff feeling good after strong second half

Huff feeling good after strong second half

Huff feeling good after strong second half
CHICAGO -- David Huff has not changed his mindset now that he has moved out of the bullpen and back into the rotation. The Indians left-hander is willing to fill whatever type of role the ballclub is willing to offer.

Huff just wants to get a chance to stick in the big leagues.

"I'm happy that I'm getting the opportunity to pitch here, first of all," Huff said. "I've still got the same mentality. Whatever they want to use me for, whether it's long relief, lefty specialist, starting, throwing right-handed."

Huff paused and laughed.

"I don't know," he continued. "Whatever they want to use me for, I'm pretty much going to do it. Just as long as it's up here and not in the Minors again."

In Cleveland's 15-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday, Huff yielded just one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. In four appearances (two starts) since joining the Indians earlier this month, the lefty has gone 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA, piling up 12 strikeouts against three walks across 16 innings.

Huff, who is out of Minor League options next season, said he finally is feeling like his old self, following an inconsistent showing for Triple-A Columbus this year. Overall, Huff went 7-6 with a 4.83 ERA in 25 Minor League games, but his year was marred by a rough two-month stretch between June and July (6.45 ERA).

Huff's season got off to a rough start when he injured his right hamstring at the end of Spring Training, and it took months for the left-hander to get back to a comfortable spot with his mechanics.

"It is a tough thing to get over," Huff explained. "I developed bad habits compensating for that injury. When I was done rehabbing, from about probably May until about July, it was just bad. Things went well, and then I kind of got away from what I was working on, and I fell back into it and developed bad habits again.

"My mindset was just, 'finish strong.' I thought I had a great month of August going, but whether they were going to call me up or not, I was OK with what I did in the last month of the season. But, they called me up and to be able to do it at the Major League level has been a bonus."