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J.J. Hoover is no longer the Reds’ closer

J.J. Hoover

Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover throws in the ninth inning of their opening day baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)


Reds manager Bryan Price told right-hander J.J. Hoover he is no longer the Reds’ closer, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. For now, the Reds will utilize a closer-by-committee approach.

Hoover was hit around for 10 runs (nine earned) on eight hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings to begin the season. It’s a small sample size for sure, but the right-hander is striking out batters at a much lower rate than usual and is walking batters at what would be a career-high rate. Hoover has also thrown 83 fastballs and on average, his velocity this year is down more than 1 MPH.

Tony Cingrani and Blake Wood, who each struggled during Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Rockies, are likely to see some ninth-inning work.

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