Before Sunday's game, Reds manager Dusty Baker said Aroldis Chapman was the club's new closer. But he wasn't sure if he was available to pitch Sunday.

Then Baker talked to Chapman.

"He said he was fine," Baker said. "My inclination was not to use him before we asked him. We go on an honor program here. Let us know if you're not right, you're tired or achy or whatever. This is his time. We've got a long way to go.

"August and September might be a different scenario. Right now, we're trying to get these guys strong through the whole season."

Chapman pitched a relatively easy ninth to record the save in the Reds' 5-2 win over the New York Yankees. He didn't allowed a hit or walk a batter. But Mark Teixiera reached on an error.

Closing will be his new role, although the Reds will continue to monitor his innings and consecutive days.

"We're graduating to this point," Baker said. "You just don't thrust him in there. Last year was different. He had seven walks per nine innings. That's a lot when you're a closer. We've still got to monitor him.