"He could have gone four days before, but we were trying to program him for this time of the year," said Baker. "He only went multiple innings one time, and three days in a row one time. Usually, that's not the life of a reliever."
Despite the extra workload, Chapman has looked as sharp as ever. After going more than a week without pitching, Chapman has struck out nine of the last 14 batters he's faced, while giving up just one hit and a walk in his four consecutive appearances. He was especially good on Friday, striking out the heart of the Dodgers' order on 13 pitches.
"We're taking care of him and also keeping him strong," said Baker. "Hopefully, we don't need him today."
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.