Reds manager Dusty Baker spoke Tuesday about the plan for Aroldis Chapman, who is preparing to be a starting pitcher.

"We're going to stretch him out to see if there's time," Baker said. "If there's not time and there's not quality, you can always back off a guy (return him to bullpen)."

Chapman started the transition in the offseason, but he was shut down with shoulder tightness before a start in the Arizona Fall League. That kept him from playing winter ball.

"We would have had an answer by now if things had gone to plan with Instructional League, Arizona Fall League and Puerto Rico," Baker said. "But it barely got through the Instructional League and Fall League and we had to shut him down. His arm wasn't ready to do that."