Originally Posted by Brutus
It wasn't the "absolute first chance they had."
Notice they didn't do it when Bill Bray went down. They didn't do it when Nick Masset went down. It was only after Ryan Madson got hurt, in conjunction with Bray and Masset also being out, that they decided they had no choice.
That was three projected bullpen arms all getting hurt. You're acting like a little arm soreness of one bullpen guy precipitated the whole thing.
If I remember correctly Dusty was saying he wanted 2 lefties in the pen as soon as Bray went down (hint hint), so I think it was a strong possibility that Chapman would have been in the bullpen regardless of Madson's and Masset's heath.