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David Huff Ready to Start for New York Yankees If Vidal Nuno, Chase Whitley Need to Be Replaced

July 5th, 2014 at 9:58 AM
By Doug Rush

For the third consecutive start, Chase Whitley simply did not have it for the New York Yankees and it could end up costing him his spot on the team.

Whitley lasted three innings while allowing four runs on eight hits and was handed a 6-1 lead, but made it into a 6-4 game against the Minnesota Twins and was pulled from Friday's game. David Huff came on to pitch for the Yankees and he looked very sharp in his three innings.

Huff did not allow a single hit nor a walk and struck out three and picked up the win for the Yankees in the 6-5 victory at Target Field. With the win, Huff is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA ever since being acquired from the San Francisco Giants last month; with the Giants he was 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA which lead to him being designated for assignment and traded back to the Yankees.

After the game, Huff was asked if he were up to starting again for the Yankees, something he did last season for them as well after starting out as a reliever, in which the 29-year-old said he was willing to go if he got the call to start.

"I think I am," the 29-year-old said. "I don't know how long I could possibly go. But I haven't (started) this year yet, so we'd have to see."

While Huff hasn't started a single game this season, he has thrown quite a few pitches in his long-relief appearances. Back on June 23, Huff threw 60 pitches in a blowout loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. On Friday, he threw 35 against the Twins.

Last year, Huff replaced Phil Hughes in the starting rotation after Hughes struggled all season long, but Huff was ineffective as a starter and eventually, got put back in the bullpen for the remainder of the season.

Huff being put into the rotation would be considered a short-term fix, as he could replace either Whitley, who is 0-2 with a 14.80 ERA in his last three appearances ever since starting out 3-0 and has watched his ERA balloon all the way up to 5.14 from 2.56 three starts ago, or Vidal Nuno, who is 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA on the season and has been inconsistent all season long.

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