Baker: No four-out saves for Chapman
CINCINNATI -- With lefty setup man Sean Marshall (shoulder tendinitis) not eligible to come off of the disabled list for another week, Reds manager Dusty Baker is not going to consider using lefty closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning.
During Monday's 4-2 win over the Phillies, Bronson Arroyo gave up a game-tying two-run, two-out home run to pinch-hitter Chase Utley -- a left-handed hitter -- in the top of the eighth. Chapman was not warming up at that point.
"When do you warm him up? Do you warm him up at the start of the eighth?" Baker asked on Tuesday. "That's what you'd have to do to have him ready at the end the eighth. It's easy to have somebody loose but you're going to tire your bullpen out before they even get in the game. It's easy afterwards."
After the Reds scored two in the bottom of the eighth, Chapman got the save during a perfect top of the ninth. Baker has considered the notion of using Chapman for four-out saves, but is opposed to it for the time being.
"As we get more into the season, you might do it," Baker said. "Right now, we've got to keep these guys strong."