Treatments were scheduled to resume later Wednesday when Chapman returned.Chapman apparently had the back trouble even before his outing on Monday but kept the information to himself until it became obvious he was hurting. Before he left the complex, Baker had the 22-year-old in his office for a meeting. Spanish-speaking player development special assistant Julio Garcia was also there. Baker had encountered secretive Cuban players before when he managed the Giants, with former defectors Osvaldo Fernandez and Livan Hernandez. Besides dealing with Chapman's background, this is also a young kid who simply wants to make the team. "I told him this morning that, 'You're no longer where you were,'" Baker said. "'Anything that happens that you feel, you come and tell me without feeling like you're being a wimp about it.' "There's a thin line between, 'Are you a hypochondriac?' and, 'When are you being too bold and brave?' It varies per person and what their pain threshold is or how they were raised." The Reds signed Chapman to a six-year, $30.25 million contract in January.
Through four games, including one start, the left-hander has a 1.04 ERA in his 8 1/3 innings with four walks and a team-leading 12 strikeouts. He was having the best spring among the seven candidates for the fifth spot.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less