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Reds “don’t know” whether Aroldis Chapman will start or relieve

Mar 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Aroldis Chapman has pitched well as a starter this spring, but manager Dusty Baker said yesterday that the Reds remain unsure whether he’ll be in the rotation or the bullpen to begin the season.

And according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer sending Chapman to Triple-A so he can continue starting there is also a possibility because he has a minor-league option left.

Baker told Fay that the Reds “are close” to making the decision, but “right now, we don’t know.” In the meantime Chapman is scheduled to make his next start Saturday in a split-squad game while his competition for the final rotation spot, Homer Bailey, starts the other game.

  1. metalhead65 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    has there been another team that has messed up a prized pitching prospect more than the reds have done with chapman?either send him down to the minors where he can work on being a starter or with madson now out make him and his 100 mph fastball the closer. he gets wild if has to pitch more than a inning anyway so why not just let him wing in it the 9th?

    • paperlions - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Sure, happens all the time. Ask the Rockies how their attempt to “fix” Tyler Matzek’s delivery has worked out. Dude was a stud doing it his way, Colorado tried to overhaul a deliver that worked just fine for Matzek, and the guy is a mess…he’ll probably never have a ML career.

  2. firstandonlywarning - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    35 million dollars of a small market clubs money flushed down the toilet by two idiots names Walt and Dusty

    35 Million dollars for a 7th inning guy

    If Dusty was white, he would have been fired awhile ago and wouldn’t be able to find a job right now I guarantee it.

    • zackd2 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Listen to WFAN, you’ll learn that the 7th and 8th innings are the most important ones eva

      /sarcasm

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Firstandonly: Shhhhh! True or not…you will be labeled a racist!
      To be safe…I recommend you post several comments lauding the job Barry has done while President and his subsequent accomplishments as a 2 minute State Senator leading up to said Presidency.

  3. contraryguy - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    If Chapman stays up and Madson isn’t pitching, Marshall will be the closer in this case, btw, not Chapman. Aroldis could use a few minors starts to work on 5th-6th inning velocity, but the Reds may not have that choice.

    I’m no fan of Dusty; he only has one more year on the contract (which was mentioned on this site about a month ago), and that may be his last if this squad doesn’t make the playoffs, let alone the World Series. So if he wrecks another pitcher or two, it’s not like he’ll care.

  4. ezthinking - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Yes. The Yankees with Joba comes to mind.

  5. cintiphil - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Well, here we go again. if Chapman is not going to start this year, we may as well pack it in and watch the redbirds in the post season. After Madson, we can not afford to lose one more guy. if Arroyo doesn’t come through, the Reds are down to three good starters without Chapman. Yes, if you count on Homer and Cueto, leake, Latos etal, one thinks that is good enough. But it is a long season, and they will need everyone. To give up so soon on Chapman, is not good. Lets hope he will be able to contribute.

    • metalhead65 - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      that is my whole point. he can’t contribute if they keep moving him back and forth from the rotation to the pen. if they want him to be a starter then he needs to go to the minors and learn how to be one and not just 1 or 2 good starts either. make him show he can go at least 5 consistantly without the wildness he exhibited when he first tried it. if the are going to keep him in the pen then I say make him the closer!what a weapon that would be coming into the 0th to shut the other team down. he would not have to worry about pacing himself just rea back at let er rip at 100 or over. but either way they decide they are just doing the developing for the redsox or the yankess where he will sign when his contract is up if he pans out at either spot.

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