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Saturday, May 7, 2016

J.J. Hoover Sent To Louisville

The Reds sent struggling relief pitcher J.J. Hoover back to Indianapolis to get his act together.

Hoover was virtually handed the closer's job after the trade of Aroldis Chapman to the New York Yankees.  He had a good spring training camp but has been awful the first 30 games of the season.

"His curveball has been flat and hitters have been getting to their power," Bryan Price said.

Hoover allowed six home runs in 10 2/3 innings.  He had a 14.34 ERA before he was sent down.

The Reds put Jon Moscot on the 15-day disabled list and placed Devin Mesoraco on the 60-day to clear a roster spot.

Drew Hayes was recalled from Louisville.  The Reds selected the contract of Steve Delabar, who signed a minor league contract with the Reds on April 2.

Delabar had been with the Toronto Blue Jays the last three seasons.

Hoover is being sent down to get some mechanics straightened out so he can return to the confident pitcher the Reds need to close games.

 "We need a platform for Hoov," Price said.. "We need some conclusions on how he can get back to where he's throwing the ball the way he's capable. However, until i see the finished product, it's hard to put him in a game. He's just not locked in yet. We'll put him on a 10-day schedule. We're a better team with J.J. Hoover throwing the ball the way he's capable of throwing. Pitching in Louisville give us a chance to know exactly when he's pitching and we can guarantee innings."

"There's also an emotional component to struggles. Once his mechanics are concrete his confidence will return."

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