Skip to content

Dusty Baker on Aroldis Chapman: “We’re going to stretch him out” as a starter

Feb 21, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates Getty Images

Initially the Reds planned to have Aroldis Chapman build up his arm strength as a starter in the Arizona Fall League and winter ball, but shoulder problems put that on hold and now the left-hander’s role for 2012 is somewhat unclear.

Dusty Baker said today that they’ll give Chapman an opportunity to start this spring and “if there’s not time and there’s not quality, you can always back off a guy.”

In other words, if he’s struggling to pitch multiple innings at a time–or if his shoulder starts barking again–the Reds can always shift him back to the bullpen. Baker also hinted that sending Chapman to the minors to continue working as a starter is a possibility that “depends on our needs.”

Chapman shifted to the bullpen full time in mid-2010 and has thrown 63 innings for the Reds with a 3.27 ERA and 90/46 K/BB ratio. His overpowering fastball velocity would be very intriguing if he can maintain it multiple times through the lineup, but Chapman’s shaky control would seemingly be an even bigger obstacle as a starter and the Reds already have a full rotation with Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake, and Homer Bailey.

Latest Posts
  1. UPDATE: OK, maybe the Marlins aren’t going to trade for John Lackey.

    Jul 30, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

    lackey getty Getty Images

    A few minutes ago we thought this man could soon be a Fish. Now it seems unlikely. HAPPY TRADE DEADLINE!

  2. Josh Zeid needs season-ending foot surgery

    Jul 30, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Josh Zeid Astros AP

    Zeid pitched well for the Astros as a 26-year-old rookie last season, but struggled mightily this season with a 6.97 ERA in 23 appearances.

  3. The Dodgers are out on Lester, Price and Hamels

    Jul 30, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    They’ve been rumored to be in on all the big names, but now it sounds as if they’re out.

  4. Cardinals acquire Justin Masterson from Indians

    Jul 30, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

    justin masterson getty Getty Images

    Cleveland turned down Justin Masterson’s attempted contract extension offer back in spring training–balking at what seemed to be reasonable terms at the time–and now the Indians are trading the impending free agent to the Cardinals, according to Peter Gammons of MLB.com.

  5. HBT Daily: Trade Rumor Roundup: Kemp! Hamels! Price!

    Jul 30, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    HBT Daily Logo

    And no mention of Lester because I legit thought he’d get traded in between the time we taped this and the time it went live.

  6. Dylan Bundy is struggling in his comeback from Tommy John surgery

    Jul 30, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles Getty Images

    Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy would probably already be in the majors to stay if not for blowing out his elbow last season, but now the former No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball is struggling while rehabbing in the minors.

  7. The Dodgers are interested in Joaquin Benoit

    Jul 30, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Joaquin Benoit

    But the Padres may be playing hard to get.

  8. Pedro Alvarez is a healthy scratch as the Pirates try to fix his throwing problems

    Jul 30, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez AP

    Earlier this week Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talked about looking into the “mental component” of Pedro Alvarez’s throwing problems in an effort to get the third baseman back on track defensively. And now Alvarez is out of the lineup for a second straight day despite being healthy.

  9. There’s a “very good chance” the Red Sox trade Lackey and Lester

    Jul 30, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

    red sox logo

    A major reshaping of the Red Sox rotation could be afoot.

  10. Comment of the Day: in the 60s they lamented showboating players too

    Jul 30, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 11.00.30 AM

    Apparently, Gibson and Drysdale didn’t have the reputation of Gibson and Drysdale at the time.

  11. Twins “really want to move” Josh Willingham

    Jul 30, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    Josh Willingham Getty Getty Images

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Twins “really want to move” left fielder Josh Willingham before Thursday’s trade deadline, but a source tells him “I don’t think they’re getting any bites.”

  12. Yankees give “beat up” Brian Roberts some time off

    Jul 30, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts Getty Images

    The good news for longtime Orioles second baseman turned Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts is that he’s stayed healthy this season after injuries derailed his career for most of the past four years and has already played his most games since 2009.

  13. Hey, Rube: Phillies pay dearly for Amaro’s misguided loyalty

    Jul 30, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr., Getty Images

    The Phillies are paying the bills for their dynastic run, thanks in large part to Ruben Amaro’s mismanagement.

  14. Ubaldo Jimenez makes rehab start, buys everyone steak and lobster

    Jul 30, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees Getty Images

    Ubaldo Jimenez kicked off a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday at Single-A, tossing 4.2 innings of one-run ball as he comes back from a sprained ankle suffered when he stepped in a hole in a parking lot.

  15. Coco Crisp has “chronic degenerative changes in his neck”

    Jul 30, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    coco crisp getty Getty Images

    “We’ve all come to the conclusion that it’s something we’re gonna be battling the rest of the season.”

  16. Photo of the day: The giant Cubs mohawk of incredible sadness

    Jul 30, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

    Camera

    In which we as whether a certain hairstyle can be more painful than a large tattoo.

  17. Matt Kemp has a huge game just before the trade deadline

    Jul 30, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 8.47.45 AM AP

    Will any GM in need of a bat take notice?

  18. “Gibson and Drysdale” alert!

    Jul 30, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

    Bob Gibson

    A cliche even more prevalent and ridiculous than the old “If The Boss Was Still Alive” cliche.

Featured video

All the trade deadline news to know
Top 10 MLB Player Searches