Re: Chapman is close according to Jocketty
My opinion is that Chapman was going through the same dead arm period that the other Reds starters went through earlier. He was just delayed because of his prior injury. I think you will see him start to string together several good starts. I would like to see him considered for a promotion in early July or after the all star break but you have to spot to put him. He could be used in the bullpen similar to how Tampa used Price a couple years ago. Then he is ready to go if Homer comes back inconsistent or is another pitcher goes down with injury. It will be interesting to see what the Reds do latter in the year when Chapman is ready and if Edison is ready also.