Originally Posted by Brutus
I think there's a big difference between starting Chapman in the pen with the full preparation that he's going to transition to the starting rotation and having him in the pen and pitching like he's a reliever.
By planning for him to be a starter, they can treat his routine like he's a starter but still limit innings.
Let's not kid ourselves. If Chapman begins the season as a reliever and things are going well, there will likely be pressure to keep him in the bullpen.
And like Chip says it's hard to understand how Aroldis prepares to start games by pitching relief.
I'm not taking Walt's comment too seriously, but it does raise the question whether he is firmly committed to Aroldis in the rotation. Dusty might be happier keeping Chapman as the closer, and IMO it sounds like Walt is still unsure of how he will be used.