Zach McAllister Confirmed As #4 Starter, Huff To Bullpen

Indians manager Terry Francona confirmed today that Zach McAllister, the team’s most consistent starter last season, will join Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, and newly signed Brett Myers in the starting rotation, securing the fourth spot in the rotation. Correspondingly, according to The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, Tito also said that left-handed starter David Huff will now be fighting for a bullpen spot instead.

McAllister, 25, was 6-8 with a 4.24 ERA last season in 22 starts (125 1/3 IP). He allowed 133 hits, 38 walks, and 110 strikeouts.

Huff, 28, is out of options, and his odds to make the bullpen may be long with a stacked Tribe bullpen that is immensely deep and may only keep one left-hander in the bullpen. That would likely be Nick Hagadone. Last year, he pitched in 6 games (4 starts) and was 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA. Huff won 11 games despite a 5.61 ERA in 2010, but he was 2-11 with a 6.21 ERA in 2011, including a ERA+ of just 64, 34 walks, and 37 strikeouts in 15 starts.

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