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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

J.J. Hoover Optioned To Louisville - Keyvius Sampson Recalled

The Reds sent J.J. Hoover to Triple A Louisville hours after he gave up five 15-inning runs, including a grand slam to Javier Baez.

Keyvius Sampson was recalled from Louisville.  Sampson has pitched four games for the Reds and is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA.

“We felt like we needed some length," Bryan Price said.. "He was scheduled to start for Louisville today, so he gives us length.”

Hoover spent five weeks in Louisville starting May 5. after a 12-game poor first month of the season in which he was 0-1 with one save.  He left with an ERA of 14.34.

Hoover returned and pitched five scoreless innings in three appearances.  In his last three appearances, Hoover has allowed a home run in each and allowed five runs in two consecutive appearances.  Baez' grand slam was the sixth Hoover has allowed in his career which set a new team record.  Frank Smith allowed five from 1950-56.

Price believes Hoover will be back.

 “Absolutely," Price said.."Talent doesn’t just go away. He’s not broken He’s not just coming off surgery. He has a live fastball. It just hasn’t shown up. We hope he finds it in Louisville and can come back and give us a boost in the second half.”

Hoover has been on a weird cycle

“Yeah. He was great in 2013, struggled in 2014, great in 2015 and struggled this year. We don’t want to wait until 2017. I know it’s hard, but J.J.’s been accomplished in this league. We hope he gets it back in short order," Price said.”

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