J. J. Hoover RP CIN 6 Months

Hoover was called back up by the Reds as part of their September roster expansion.

It's been a miserable season for Hoover, who has lost 10 games in relief this year. With Jonathan Broxton in Milwaukee, Hoover might be forced into a more important role than the Reds would prefer.

J. J. Hoover RP CIN 7 Months

The Reds optioned Hoover to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Hoover has struggled all season and pitched three of the last four days, so the Reds decided to send him to the minors for the first time since 2012. Expect Hoover to return to Cincinnati at some point in September.

J. J. Hoover RP CIN 7 Months

Hoover lost a team record 10th game as a reliever Tuesday night, hitting the Cardinals' Jon Jay with the bases loaded.

With Aroldis Chapman apparently unavailable, Hoover got the last out of the eighth inning and then stayed in to pitch the ninth in a 4-4 game, with Jonathan Broxton being held back for any potential save situation. He subsequently allowed back-to-back singles, walked a batter, then hit Jay to end the game. The nightmare season continues for Hoover.

J. J. Hoover RP CIN 7 Months

Hoover was brought on Sunday to relieve Aroldis Chapman after Chapman walked four batters to start the ninth. Hoover retired two batters, but then gave up a game-ending homer to Drew Stubbs.

That about sums up Hoover's season - he now has allowed 10 homers over 53.1 innings, and his record dropped to 1-9 with the homer.

J. J. Hoover RP CIN 11 Months

J.J. Hoover allowed one run in his only inning of work against the Brewers on Thursday.

Hoover recently became a candidate for saves as the Reds suffered injuries to relievers Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Broxton, and Sean Marshall. However, Hoover has had struggles all spring. Thursday's outing, in which he allowed two hits and walked two, leaves him with a 5.63 ERA and a 4/7 K/BB ratio in eight innings.

J. J. Hoover RP CIN 12 Months

J.J. Hoover allowed three runs in an inning of work in the Reds' 8-3 loss to the Indians on Monday.

Hoover was done in by a two-out, three-run home run by Jason Kipnis in the sixth inning. The right-hander is one of the Reds' options to close out games with Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Broxton, and Sean Marshall all on the shelf. Hoover, though, hasn't exactly looked sharp this spring.

J. J. Hoover RP CIN 12 Months

Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that he's unlikely to name a closer while Aroldis Chapman (head) is on the disabled list.

Chapman is expected to miss at least the first month of the season and likely more. With Jonathan Broxton (forearm) and Sean Marshall (shoulder) also slated to open the season on the DL, Price listed JJ Hoover, Sam LeCure, Logan Ondrusek and Manny Parra as possible options for saves. Hoover seems likely to get the first chance.

J. J. Hoover RP CIN 12 Months

J.J. Hoover tossed a perfect seventh inning against the Rangers on Thursday.

With Aroldis Chapman on the disabled list, the Reds will go with a closer-by-committee which will include Hoover, Jonathan Broxton, and Sean Marshall. Hoover has a 1.80 ERA on the spring, but he also has only two strikeouts with five walks in five Cactus League innings.

J. J. Hoover RP CIN May 27 '79

JJ Hoover has been unscored upon in his last 21 appearances.

It covers 24 2/3 innings, which is the longest active streak in the majors. Hoover has struck out 29 while allowing just 11 hits and seven walks over the span. The right-hander credits a mechanical adjustment for his success, though he wouldn't reveal exactly what he changed. "I don't want to say what it was," he said. "It was small and minor, but it makes a world of difference."

J. J. Hoover RP CIN Jan 06 '79

JJ Hoover allowed a hit and a walk but struck out the side in his inning of work against the Royals Thursday.

Hoover entered camp probably on the outside looking for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, but he's earned his placement on the roster with a 1.80 ERA and 19/2 K/BB ratio over 10 spring innings. He'll probably begin the season working earlier in the game but could eventually find himself helping to set up for Aroldis Chapman.