The Reds plan to tread lightly with Aroldis Chapman.
As the pitcher transitions from closing to starting, Reds pitching coach Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the club intends on implementing an innings limit for Chapman.
Last season, the 24-year-old compiled a 5-5 record, a 1.51 ERA and 38 saves through 71 2/3 innings en route to earning an All-Star selection. But Price hasn’t identified a target number of innings given Chapman’s newfound workload –– yet.
“I don’t think there’s an absolute,” Price said. “You have to have a plan and hope [it] works. Any time you have a young pitcher and he’s going to surpass his inning total, there’s going to be questions if he gets hurt. We can’t be scared of that.”
“I’d like to see where he is in terms of innings and pitchers after 25 or 30 starts.”
The Reds finally have the flexibility to move Chapman –– who’s infamously known for throwing 105 mph –– to the rotation after inking Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 mi