Originally Posted by IslandRed
They don't really need a full 6-man rotation, they just need to give him the traditional fifth-starter treatment. Skip his turn now and then when an off-day keeps the rest of the starters on schedule, give Leake and Lecure a spot start once a month, etc. That would bring Chapman in at 28-30 starts instead of 35-36. That should be sufficient, I'd think.
I guess that could work, but the main thing would be (assuming he succeeds as a starter) having him able to start in the postseason. Best case scenario, they could use him for 20 innings in October.
I have a ton of faith in Jocketty and Price, but I'm always timid with these types of things. I think the pessimism is a direct product of the teams that I root for: no championships in 3 different sports since the 1990 Reds team. It's easy to always expect everything to blow up in your face in the most heartbreaking way.