Originally Posted by New York Red
... for injury or precautionary reasons, does it change anyone's opinion of how the Reds have handled Aroldis Chapman?
*Wasn't sure whether to put this in the existing Strasberg thread or start a new one, since it's more about Chapman than Strasberg (I think)?
Nope. Pitcher health is something unique to each pitcher. Each pitcher's body handles his particular mechanics in its own way. What would concern me most is if the team was making decisions based on some generic, blanket rule and not based on a player-specific assessment.
It's not like relievers have a particularly strong track record of staying healthy. I would argue that relieving isn't necessarily easier physically, it's just different. Some pitchers may be especially good at holding up for a 100 pitches in a single session but not good at recovering quickly regardless of how many pitches they throw.
It's been noted that Homer Bailey, for instance, struggles to get warm quickly. He might be more likely to get injured as a reliever than as a starter.
The thing you never really know is: Did a guy get hurt b/c of the way we handled him, in spite of how we handled him, or did it really make no difference? I don't think there's an answer to that question, but I'd trust player-specific biomechanical analyses paired with an honest report from the player about how he feels above all else.