Pretty much the same story from C. Trent but with a little more info:
Dusty Baker 2.18.10
By C. Trent Rosecrans on February 18, 2010 12:57 PM
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- We'll be meeting with Dusty every morning, and I'll bring you what we've got from there every morning.
Anyway, today was the first meeting, and we talked mostly about Aroldis Chapman.
Baker's office is about the only thing that's comperable to Sarasota. His office is very similar to what it was like in Florida. But that's OK with him.
"I don't spend much time in anyway," Baker said. "The bigger your office, the more people you can have in it."
So far, Baker, like everyone else, has been impressed with the new digs.
"This is like moving into a new house, it's exciting, very exciting," Baker said.
Beyond that, he talked mostly about Chapman, who has been here since Monday. Baker said he talked to Chapman and had a good visit.
"I just like his makeup and his body type," Baker said.
Baker speaks Spanish, and held his conversation with Chapman in Spanish, but says the Cuban is doing well with English.
"He understands pretty well what you're saying to him," Baker said. "It seems like when guys do speak to him in English, he comprehends."
As for the handling of Chapman's pitching, that'll be in the hands of new pitching coach Bryan Price. Chapman will be pitching in big league games for the Reds.
The Reds are trying to figure out the best way to handle Chapman's throwing regime, which has had what is likely his biggest layoff since becoming a pitcher. Usually, Baker said, Chapman would get about two weeks off from training a year.
"So this is probably been the longest he's been off in his life. I think there's something to that. When I played winter ball, the guys I played with played all year. Very rarely did they have sore arms, very rarely did they have any arm problems," Baker said. "I had a couple of teammates that ceased having arm problems when they threw more in the off-season rather than taking that rest and letting this stiff up and then get back into it again.
"It's like a lot of the Japanese pitchers, they don't have arm problems until they come here and they quit throwing so much. We're going to do a combination of what he's been doing and also what we think is best for him and how we do things. We'll do a combination of things, but you've got to talk to Bryan. He just sat down and talked to (Class A Dayton Dragons pitching coach) Tony Fossas and (bullpen coach) Porky (Lopez) about that a few minutes ago."
Overall, Baker said he's impressed with what he's seen from his players reporting to camp.
"I just like the shape of everyone I see at camp, they look great - especially some of the older guys, Arthur Rhodes, Harang, they're in outstanding shape," Baker said. "You'd expect some of the other guys, Bronson, he probably hasn't gained a pound in 10 years. Burton looks great. Linc looks good, some of the young guys, Leake, everyone I've seen, LeCure, looks like they're in outstanding shape."
The only players who weren't at Goodyear by 11 a.m. MST were Enerio Del Rosario and Pedro Viola. The pair missed a connecting flight trying to get to the US from the Dominican Republic. Both are in the US and aren't having any visa problems.