CINCINNATI -- His time in the Majors has been brief thus far, but rookie reliever J.J. Hoover has been impressive. Over four innings in three appearances entering Thursday, Hoover has yet to give up a run. "I'm getting there," Hoover said of his comfort level in the big leagues. "I'm still getting those adrenaline rushes out of the way. I try to stay within myself. My first couple outings, it kind of got away, and I was rushing to the plate and everything. But I'm ironing those things out now." Hoover was acquired in the April 1 trade that sent third baseman Juan Francisco to the Braves.
During Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Cubs, Hoover pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He struck out Reed Johnson with a 94-mph fastball for the final out. "When I'm out there, I just think to be ready when the phone rings," Hoover said. "I never want to be caught unaware."