Chapman decision ‘close’
*One of the few mysteries of Reds camp has been what will become of LHP Aroldis Chapman. Starter in the big leagues, starter in Triple-A or reliever in the big leagues. The decision has not been made, yet.
“We’re close,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said Thursday afternoon. “You’ll be notified when we make our decision on what’s happening. Right now, we don’t know. The last time, it was decided kind of for us [in 2010], you know what I mean?”
The last time the Reds were on the fence with Chapman, he suffered a back injury late in camp and wound up starting the season at Triple-A Louisville. As luck would have it, the Reds have split-squad games on Saturday and have both Chapman and the other fifth starter candidate, Homer Bailey, making starts. Chapman gets the Padres while Bailey has the Giants.
*The team came back after the lone off-day away from the complex. Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips were each given an additional day of rest.
“I give them all a day to pick when you’d rather not be here, a mental day,” said Baker, who used his off day to go fishing. The other regulars will also get a day off before camp is over.
“I think everybody should have two days off. But it doesn’t work out in the schedule,” Baker added.
*I will have a feature later on LHP Sean Marshall. Here’s one interesting tidbit. When Marshall and his wife, Sarah, were married, the ceremony was peformed by “Mr. Cub” and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.
“He’s a good man,” Marshall said. “We were on a vacation with this Cubs trip a couple of years ago. He said ‘when are you two going to get married?’ I said ‘I don’t know.’ He said ‘I can marry you. I’m a certified minister.’ I said ‘bring it on.’ So he lived up to the hype. We waited a year and a half. Ernie is all about weddings.”