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David Huff was pitching well when he was injured legging out an infield hit.
David Huff came to the Giants this winter via trade from the New York Yankees for cash considerations.
At the start of spring training, Huff faced an uphill battle to make the team, but he pitched well enough to do so. In addition, with Jeremy Affeldt forced to open the season on the DL, the Giants preferred a left-handed reliever.
Huff was throwing the ball well for the Giants when he injured his quad while legging out an infield hit. In seven innings of work, Huff had allowed only five hits and two walks while striking out four. He had a record of 1-0 with an ERA of 3.86 and WHIP of 1.00.
Huff has resumed throwing and will likely be cleared shortly to begin running again. Until he is medically cleared, Huff cannot field his position or cover first base, which has his rehab assignment on hold.
Jeremy Affeldt has returned to the bullpen and is pitching well. In fact, all of the Giants relievers are throwing the ball well, so Huff may not get back in the majors right away.
Look for Huff to get an extended rehab assignment and the San Francisco brass to wait as long as possible before they have to make a roster move. If another pitcher is injured, Huff will be back sooner rather than later.
None of the current bullpen pitchers, including Huff, have minor league options left, so the Giants would need to expose them to waivers if they wanted to send someone back down. That pitcher would almost certainly be snatched up by another team and the Giants would lose him.
General manager Brian Sabean does not want to risk losing one of his relievers to a waiver claim, so until there is another DL move to be made, Huff will be biding his time in recovery mode.