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Bill Bray’s groin injury could send Aroldis Chapman back to the Reds’ bullpen

Mar 8, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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Bill Bray had to cut a bullpen session short after aggravating a groin injury and if he’s unavailable for Opening Day the Reds may shift Aroldis Chapman back to the bullpen.

All offseason the Reds talked about stretching out Chapman for a potential move to the rotation, but they have plenty of starter depth even without him and Bay’s injury could leave a key hole in the left-handed setup corps.

Or as manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer: “That’s a pretty good backup plan.”

For now Fay reports that Chapman remains scheduled to start tomorrow’s game against the Giants, so he’ll probably stay in limbo until the Reds have a better idea of Bray’s recovery timetable.

  1. metalhead65 - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    make up your mind already and stop messing around with him! he never pitched relief before he came to the reds then you switched him to one and it worked out great in 2010. last year they overworked him and he had arm and control problems. and yes using him 4 days in a row and more than the 1 inning he was used to is over working him. then you want him to be a starter like he was in cuba but now maybe not. how the hell are they going to get anything out this investmant if they can’t make up their mind? he should be groomed to be the closer and not a set up man since if madson has a good year they will not be able to resign him. having chapmann and his 100mph heater would be a nice replacement.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      You never dissapoint Metalhead. When I saw this yesterday I purposely waited until today to check it so I could give you time to read and start your rant. Well done.

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