J. J. Hoover RP CIN 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 11 Months

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 Mar 28 '13

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.

J. J. Hoover RP CIN Sep 12 '12

JJ Hoover notched his first career save with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

With Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall having both appeared in back-to-back games, Reds manager Dusty Baker chose to give Hoover a shot, and he responded with a relatively pain-free ninth inning that included a strikeout of Jose Tabata to end it. He might not get another save chance, but it's clear Hoover, who now holds a 2.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 23 appearances, is moving up the pecking order.