Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Reds promote Hoover, place Bray on DL

Bray is headed toward the sidelines

Yet another Reds reliever has been bitten by the injury bug as the team placed LHP Bill Bray (groin) on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, retroactive to 4/19. He joins fellow relief pitchers Nick Masset (shoulder) and Ryan Madson (shoulder) on the list of ailing arms from the 'pen.

The 28-year old Bray has been clearly bothered by the condition all spring, as evidenced by his shaky start. In five appearances (2.2 IP) prior to today he's allowed five hits, four runs (all earned) and three walks -- uncharacterstic for a guy who sports a career 3.81 ERA and 1.36 WHIP.

That's the bad news. What's the good news? The Reds promoted RHP J.J. Hoover from Triple-A Louisville to take his place on the roster.

Hoover, who was acquired in the April 1st trade with the Braves in exchange for 3B Juan Francisco, has thrived thus far in 2012 as the closer for the Bats. The right-hander made an appearance in eight games (9.0 IP) where he posted a whopping 17 Ks and surrendered just three hits. He was 4-for-4 in save opportunities.

Outlook: He'll likely occupy a spot in the Cincinnati bullpen until Masset returns. But being that Masset has yet to even begin throwing again, one can only guess as to when that may be.

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