Re: The only reason you need to know why Chapman will start in the Minors...
Im pretty sure he goes to the minors till the All Star break. They will slowly stretch his arm out over the 1st 3 months and monitor his progress. He will start out throwing 70 to 80 pitch outings I project. This will limit his innings on the year. He hasnt pitched for over a year.
If at the All-Star break the Reds are within 6 or 7 games he can come in with a fresh arm and start giving us 100 pitches per outing.
Its just the way things are in baseball nowadays I cant see the Reds letting this guy go more than 140-150 inn this year.
Look at Joba, Look at Neftali Feliz?