J.J. Hoover
RP ARI
7 hours ago

Hoover (1-1) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on three hits and a walk while recording just a single out against the Braves on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

He entered a tie game in the seventh and promptly sent things spiraling out of control, although catcher Chris Iannetta's throwing error certainly didn't help. Despite a career-best strikeout rate (by far), Hoover's been anything but an asset in his first season as a member of Arizona's bullpen after washing out of Cincinnati last year, as he now owns an atrocious 2.07 WHIP. If he can't improve on that, and fast, he may ultimately find himself cast off the roster.

J.J. Hoover
RP ARI
7 days ago

Hoover tossed two scoreless innings in Tuesday's 11-2 win over the Reds. He gave up one hit and no walks and struck out a batter.

EDGE Analysis

Hoover made his first appearance since June 22, after a shoulder injury had kept him on the disabled list for a little over three weeks. It was just the second time all season that Hoover was asked to cover multiple innings, but that was likely just a means of limiting the usage of the team's other relievers amid the blowout win. Hoover, who ranks fourth on the team with eight holds to go with a 3.86 ERA over 25.2 frames this season, should primarily work as a sixth- or seventh-inning setup man as part of the bridge to closer Fernando Rodney during the second half.

J.J. Hoover
RP ARI
1 week ago

Hoover (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day DL on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Hoover hasn't pitched since June 22 while he's dealt with shoulder inflammation in his throwing arm. He only wound up making two rehab appearances with two of Arizona's affiliates, but appears ready to return to his role in the bullpen after feeling "no-pain" during his latest outing Thursday with Low-A Kane County. The right-hander will take the place of Randall Delgado on the 25-man roster, who is headed to the DL with right elbow inflammation.

J.J. Hoover
RP ARI
2 weeks ago

Hoover (shoulder) pitched Thursday with Low-A Kane County during his first rehab appearance.

EDGE Analysis

Hoover is out on a rehab assignment while he continues to recover from right shoulder inflammation that placed him on the DL on June 23. The right-hander will likely need a couple more games down in the minor leagues after allowing one earned run off two hits during Thursday's outing. On a positive note, Hoover did strike out two opposing batters in his inning of work, and should be able to return to the Diamondbacks within the next few days barring any setbacks.

J.J. Hoover
RP ARI
2 weeks ago

Hoover (shoulder) tossed a simulated game Saturday at the Diamondbacks' extended spring training facility, the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's unclear whether Hoover will require a rehab assignment prior to coming off the 10-day disabled list, but even if that's deemed necessary, he should be on track to rejoin the Diamondbacks for their first game out of the All-Star break July 14. Hoover has compiled a 4.18 ERA, 1.99 WHIP and 36:17 K:BB over 23.2 innings this season.

J.J. Hoover
RP ARI
3 weeks ago

Hoover (shoulder) completed a bullpen session Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hoover, who hit the 10-day disabled list June 23 with right shoulder inflammation, appears to be closing in on a return, though it's uncertain if it will come before the All-Star break. Diamondbacks manager Torey Luvollo said that Hoover would be reexamined Thursday, at which point the team will decide if the right-hander is ready to come off the DL or if he will need to pitch in a simulated game or head to the minors for a rehab assignment.

J.J. Hoover
RP ARI
1 month ago

Hoover was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with right shoulder inflammation.

EDGE Analysis

Hoover lasted just nine pitches (one out) before exiting his last outing, and this latest development may help explain the short outing. After an impressive first month to the season (1.86 ERA in April), Hoover struggled in May and June and watched his ERA tick up to 4.18. He'll be eligible to rejoin the big club July 3 should he be ready, though the Diamondbacks have yet to place a timetable on his return. In the meantime, Rubby De La Rosa had his contract selected from Triple-A Reno and will replace him on the roster and in the bullpen.

J.J. Hoover
RP ARI
1 month ago

Hoover retired only one of four batters faced in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Tigers, giving up a run on three hits.

EDGE Analysis

The Diamondbacks entered the top of the sixth inning with a 6-0 lead, but after starter Zack Greinke recorded two outs and gave up four runs, Hoover was called upon to put out the fire with a runner on base. The right-hander was unable to extinguish the Tigers rally, as he allowed three successive base hits to tie up the game before inducing an inning-ending popout from Ian Kinsler. Though he's still maintaining a career-best 14.5 K/9 rate -- more than double last season's mark -- Hoover is still putting far too many runners on base, which is reflected in his 1.85 WHIP. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo may soon look to avoid using Hoover in big spots.

J.J. Hoover
RP ARI
2 months ago

Hoover was charged with a blown save in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Pirates in 14 innings after giving up a run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

EDGE Analysis

With the Diamondbacks taking the lead in top of the 11th on Nick Ahmed's solo home run, Hoover was in position for what would have been his first save of the season, but couldn't close the door. He struck out the first two batters of the inning before surrendering a game-tying solo shot to Jordy Mercer, which was the third home run Hoover has given up this season. During his previous stint with the Reds, Hoover was routinely troubled by the long ball, and his proclivity for giving up hard contact could ultimately lead manager Torey Lovullo to turn to Archie Bradley if closer Fernando Rodney -- who also blew a save earlier in the contest -- is eventually cast out of the ninth-inning role.

J.J. Hoover
RP ARI
2 months ago

Hoover collected his fifth hold of the season after retiring both of the batters he faced via strikeout during Tuesday's 5-4 win over the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

With his fastball velocity up a tick from 2016, Hoover has been able to raise his K/9 rate to a career-high 13.2, but he's still issuing too many free passes, which has been a problem throughout his six MLB seasons. Hoover has at least been able to avoid the home-run ball for the most part, and so long as he continues to do that, he'll remain a key part of the Diamondbacks' late-inning mix.