Huff outrighted to Columbus, lose Carrera to Phillies
The Indians today outrighted left-handed pitcher David Huff to AAA Columbus after he cleared waivers without another team claiming him. They weren't so lucky with regards to Ezequiel Carrera, who was claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Huff was told early on in camp that he would only be battling for a spot in the talented bullpen. Nick Hagadone and Rich Hill aready seemed like locks, as both pitched well and were already on the 40-man roster. Scott Barnes also seemed to be ahead of Huff on the lefty-reliever totem pole, so the writing was on the wall.
It's being reported that Huff will move back to the rotation in Columbus, if he can win a spot. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, and Corey Kluber will likely continue to start in the rotation ahead of Huff, but he will have to compete with Fernando Nieve and Giovanni Soto for the last spot. It's hard to see where he'll fit in early on, so he could be destined for the pen, or could be in line for another move within the organization that he doesn't want to make.
Carrera was a pure lock for the #4 slot in the outfield with the big league club until two moves were made late in the hot stove season that brought in Michael Bourn and Ryan Raburn. Bourn gave the Indians three definitive starters, and that's without counting on Nick Swisher, and Raburn's hot spring and versatility (can play the infield) ensured Carrera's impending release.
Good luck to both for the 2013 season.
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