Originally Posted by KoryMac5
I have thought about that idea too but both players are very different in that Papelbon is older 26 and did attend college. That being said I found this piece of info off of ESPN's website. Boston's doctors want Papelbon to go back to being a starter because of the stress put on his shoulder from closing.
Papelbon has undergone extensive rehabilitation to strengthen the muscles around his shoulder, but the team's medical staff suggested the 26-year-old be made a starter in 2007, the Boston Herald reports. The staff believes being a starter, rather than a closer, will give Papelbon more rest and the opportunity for a strict regimen of preventative workouts.
With that said I think it would be a mistake to mess with Homer's development both physically and mentally by converting him from starter to closer at this point in his development.
I agree, I think he will be much more valuable as a SP and hope the Reds don't consider this. Teams now generally do not bring SPs up as MRPs or closers like they used to. Gullet was in the bullpen his first year and maybe part of his second, worked for him. Pedro Martinez started out as a MRP who was supposed to be a Closer, wouldn't have that been a mistake.