DETROIT: David Huff will be watched closely today as he makes his first start after being hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of Alex Rodriguez in New York last Saturday.
Although he never displayed symptoms of a concussion, despite going through a battery of tests since the incident, another issue could arise when he goes to the mound today to face live hitters: fear.
""That's something we'll be watching,'' manager Manny Acta said this morning. ""It's a lot different throwing a bullpen than seeing a ball come off the bat. We'll see if he flinches or anything like that.''
Huff was asked a day after he was struck above the left ear whether he might react differently to batted balls and said, ""I'm going to try and not let that affect me.''
Grady Sizemore finally has a date with the surgeon. His injured left knee is scheduled to be repaired Friday, with Dr. Richard Steadman performing the operation in Vail, Colo.
The surgery will be done with an arthroscope, but the procedure that Steadman employs won't be known until he looks inside the knee with a scope.
""I hope and pray that when Steadman goes in there, it's not so bad, and that he can use the simplest procedure that will have Grady back playing for us as soon as he can,'' Acta said.