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J.J. Hoover has had quite the bounceback season for the Cincinnati Reds.
The right-hander reliever from Elizabeth Forward is 5-0 with one save and a 1.53 ERA in 36 games. In 35 1/3 innings, he has allowed 19 hits and 16 walks while striking out 26 while serving as the primary set-up man to closer Aroldis Chapman.
A year ago, Hoover was 1-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 54 games.
Hoover, 27, made 16 consecutive scoreless appearances, covering 15 2/3 innings, before being touched for a run in one inning of work Tuesday night in an 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.