Huff joins rotation, Carrasco optioned
By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
The Opening Day roster picture is official now. Carlos Carrasco has been optioned out to Triple-A Columbus, and left-hander David Huff has claimed the last open spot in the Indians’ rotation.
Huff was the team leader in wins in his rookie season in ’09. He joined the rotation in May and went 11-8 with a 5.61 ERA in 23 starts, showing marked improvement as the year progressed.
With nothing assured to him, Huff had an up and down spring camp, but he finished with seven strong innings against the White Sox on Wednesday. For the spring, he went 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA this spring.
Carrasco, acquired in last summer’s Cliff Lee trade and hammered in the big leagues last September, was ticketed for Columbus when camp opened, but he pitched his way into consideration for the final rotation job. He posted no record and a 4.60 ERA in four Cactus appearances, and the six walks he issued against the Angels on Sunday hurt him.
UPDATE: Manny Acta said Huff will be the Tribe’s fourth starter, with Talbot at No. 5. The left-handed Huff breaks up the right-handers a little bit. Acta also said the Indians will not skip Talbot at any point in April, because the rotation consists of four young guys and one veteran (Jake Westbrook) coming off surgery.