Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher David Huff has been back and forth with the Major League club and Triple-A Oklahoma City a couple times this season. His most recent outing came on June 2 against the Colorado Rockies.
While the Dodgers starting pitching depth is low right now due to injuries, according to Janis Carr of the OC Register, Huff will not be an option for the Dodgers, at least for the next couple of weeks as he will be busy playing elsewhere:
It’s an opportunity to represent my country,” said Huff, who is on temporary leave from the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City to pitch for the United States in the Pan American Games. “It’s cool.”
Huff has thrown three games (one start) for the Dodgers this season, giving up 11 hits and six runs in six innings. He has been pretty dominant at the minor league level though, yielding a 1.64 ERA in 33 innings of work.
The 30-year-old, who has appeared in 118 big league games (55 starts) in his career, is focusing on one thing in his career, even if these games took away from that:
My goal is obviously to be called back up,” he said. “It’s tough going from the big leagues all season to having three games in the big leagues this year. It’s not based on performance, so it’s frustrating.
“But I’m just doing what I can do, pitching (well) and not worry about the things I can’t control.”
Huff has done well so far in the tournament, throwing four scoreless innings of relief while giving up just one hit and striking out five.
The Los Angeles native signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in January and was invited to Spring Training. After he made his Dodgers debut in April, he was designated for assignment and returned back to Triple-A. The Dodgers may or may not have a use for him this season, but right now all Huff is worried about is bringing USA their first Pan Am gold medal in 28 years.