The Reds still plan to have left-hander Aroldis Chapman prepare as a starter this spring training. By adding right-hander Mat Latos, the Reds have Johnny Cueto, Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey in line for rotation spots. Still, given Chapman's enormous potential, they plan to convert him to a starting role. "We're still planning on him starting," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "That's what his been training and conditioning for. We can always change later on." Chapman went to the Arizona Fall League to prepare as a starter and was set to pitch in winter ball. But he was shut down because of shoulder tightness. He's healthy now and should be able to go on the regular starters' routine when spring training starts. Chapman has options, so the Reds could conceivably start him at Triple-A in order for him to get used to starting again.
Chapman still ticketed to start
Cincinnati Enquirer | Dec 18