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Posts Tagged ‘J.J. Hoover.’

Reds activate Bray from DL, sends Hoover to Triple-A Louisville

It has been two long months on the disabled list, but Cincinnati Reds left-handed reliever Bill Bray was finally activated before Friday’s series opener against the Minnesota Twins.

Bray was initially put on the DL due to a strained left groin, but back trouble caused him to stay awhile longer.

Bray returned following a six-game rehab assignment with Class A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville. In his four outings for Louisville, he gave up two runs and three hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Bill Bray (2008 photo by BubbaFan via wikipedia commons)

The bullpen had been performing so well without Bray, Nick Masset and Ryan Madson, that it was a tough call to send down anybody. To make room for Bray on the 25-man roster, the Reds optioned right-handed reliever J.J. Hoover to Triple-A Louisville. Hoover, a rookie,  performed well with a 3.00 ERA in 17 appearances with eight walks and 19 strikeouts over 18 innings.

The Reds will now how three lefty’s in the bullpen, Bray, Sean Marshall and Aroldis Chapman.

Bray, who is 29 years old, has a career mark of 13-12 with an ERA of 3.67 and 181 strikeouts. He has also played for the Washington Nationals. Bray has been with the Reds since 2006.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Hoover called up by Cincinnati Reds; Bray to disabled list

 

J.J. Hoover (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Reds have placed left-handed reliever Bill Bray on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin and have brought up right-handed J.J. Hoover from Triple-A Louisville.

Bray’s stint on the DL is retroactive to April 19. The injury is the same area that he hurt in Spring Training. He re-injured it against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 18.

Bray only pitched 3.2 innings in four games in the spring.

Hoover, who is wearing #60, and this will be his major league debut stint in the big leagues, was acquired in an April 1 trade that sent third baseman Juan Francisco to the Braves, had a 2.00 ERA  with four saves in eight games totaling nine innings. He struck out 17.

Pitching for Louisville, Hoover was the closer and was very tough on left-handed hitters, 0-for-14, allowing one walk and seven strikeouts and a .103 batting average.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Louisville Bats, Radio & TV news