Line drive to head miraculously won't keep David Huff from making next start

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Not only has David Huff somehow avoided a serious injury after taking an Alex Rodriguez line drive off his head Saturday, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that he’s not even expected to miss a start.
Huff threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported no problems afterward, saying he hasn’t had dizziness or headaches despite the ugly looking nature of the play.
“He had no aftermath feeling or anything like that,” manager Manny Acta said. “He’s on target unless he shows up [feeling] something different.”
Castrovince notes that the Indians’ training staff will “err on the side of caution” while continuing to monitor Huff for post-concussion symptoms, but so far he’s shown no signs of lasting damage. Or as Huff put it: “I’m fine, I feel fine, and hopefully I’ll bounce back. I’m going to try not to think about it.”

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.