Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/20/12

The Cincinnati Reds are considering making Aroldis Chapman their closer.

Reds manager Dusty Baker told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Saturday night that closer Sean Marshall may become a setup man after nearly blowing a save Saturday in a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees.

Chapman, a former starter and a Cuban defector, is in his third season with the Reds. He has a career record of 9-3 and a 2.44 ERA in 84 2/3 innings after pitching a scoreless eighth inning Saturday. He has not allowed an earned run in 21 1/3 innings of relief this season.

"He's been so good in the eighth," Baker said. "Like I said, you've got to graduate to that position. Who knows maybe graduation time is here? We're got to discuss it, talk about it. Matter of fact, we already talked to him about it."

The left-handed Marshall has a 1-2 record with seven saves and one blown save this season with a 3.95 ERA. He had not been a full-time closer previously in six seasons with the Chicago Cubs, with 14 career saves.

"Marsh is a team man. That's not what he signed up to be. He was forced into it. He was going to be our set-up man in the eighth with (Logan) Ondrusek and (Nick) Masset. (Ryan) Madson was going to close. We had to change. Chapman was going to be in the rotation. We had to revamp and come up with a Plan B. So we'll see about Plan C."

Madson, who was signed as a free agent from Philadelphia, was forced to miss this season because of Tommy John surgery to repair an off-season elbow injury.

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