Originally Posted by AvesIce51
I know this is one scenario, but the Cubs are going to make Kerry Wood a closer to have less stress on his arm. So, what gives?
My understanding is that they're not trying to put less stress on Papelbon's arm, they're trying to build up his shoulder strength through a conditioning program, one that would be impractical to work around a closer's schedule. If they tried to keep him as closer, he'd be unavailable to pitch too frequently, or he'd be unable to adequately keep up his conditioning program.