Huff optioned out

You might have seen this coming. David Huff has been ousted from the Tribe rotation and optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

Who’s going to take Huff’s rotation spot Friday in Cincinnati? The Indians will announce that Tuesday. Obviously. Aaron Laffey and Carlos Carrasco are the two top options at Columbus. Both pitched over the weekend, so both are options for Friday.

Carrasco is 5-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 13 starts for the Clippers. He has struck out 65 and walked 27 in 79 2/3 innings of work. He allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings in a game against Pawtucket that was suspended by rain on Sunday.

Laffey is stretched back out to handle a starter’s workload but has struggled with his control. He’s 0-1 with a 3.98 in four appearances, striking out nine and walking 15 in 20 1/3 innings. He allowed a run on five hits with seven walks and two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings Saturday.

Huff was 2-9 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 starts and 1-8 with a 7.20 ERA over his last 11 starts.


I honestly thought Huff would have been sent down a little earlier than now. His outings had been consistently poor for a while. But, I guess no clear option is really knocking the door down in Columbus. I would think Carrasco gets the call.

Also, AC, have you heard anything about Jason Knapp? How is his progress, and is he still expected to start the second half of the season for Kinston or Lake County?

yeah, Huff’s outings have been consistently poor for a while: the entire time he’s been in the big leagues, other than about 5 good starts sprinkled in there. The funny thing is he’s been no worse than last year. 13 starts into last year he had a 6.39 ERA, but a 5-4 record because the Indians routinely scored 7 or more runs when he pitched … With Laffey’s reverse K/BB ratio and 1.77 WHIP so far in Columbus, if he gets the call it’s a bit of a travesty. Not that Carrasco’s been great but at least it would be interesting to see him pitch and he’s performed considerably better than Laffey. They really need to move Branyan and Kearns out of the way soon, and do something with Valbuena. This team is so freaking boring right now. It would be one thing if in a “rebuilding” year there were a few prospects to watch, rather than a bored looking Branyan meandering down towards first after hitting a ground ball to second base. Knapp’s still in Goodyear, the latest on him from IPI: “Right-handed pitcher Jason Knapp is continuing to progress well in his rehab out in Goodyear, Arizona. The Indians are being extremely conservative with him in his return because of his age, and he should be throwing against live hitters soon. If things continue to go well he will be pitching in live games some time in July, likely for the rookie level team in Arizona. He will continue to be stretched out and should be a starting option in Kinston or Lake County in early August.” Also Rondon has a UCL sprain, so basically his year is over, sounds like he’s not going to be back into games until August at the earliest.

jk, I think most people would agree with your assessment of Huff as AC also noted the lack of frontline options. I called for this move yesterday so if I thought about it you know everyone else in the world had to see it coming.

I think that Hector Rondon must be kicking himself. An unfortunate injury and ineffective pitching probably cost himself this promotion.

At least the AAA guys have been improving. Most of them how horrible, horrible starts, but Carrasco seems to be getting better. Laffey could use more time being stretched out, although I’m a little worried about Carrasco’s mental status, as I think I read his issue is controlling his emotions during the game.
But I’ve also read that he has a high ceiling, higher than Laffey, at least, so it will be good to give him the Justin Masterson boot camp treatment.
And with Westbrook’s name already getting thrown around the rumor mill, whoever doesn’t get the call now will get it in a month or so, anyway.

If it’s not Carrasco, then it should be Josh Tomlin. His numbers have been good, and he certainly can be a fixture in Cleveland. It’s time to try some of the younger kids, and Aaron Laffey isn’t in that mold. We know what we are getting from him, let’s see what Carrasco or Tomlin can do.

Did everyone read the last Inbox question from yesterday? Absolutely hysterical.

jk, my response: simply wow.

Haha! Classic mixup from Ed D. in Baltimore. Hey Ed…. does your seeing eye dog have a name?

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