Reds closer J.J. Hoover pitches in the ninth inning against the Pirates on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
Photo: David Jablonski/Staff
Photo: David Jablonski/Staff

Cincinnati Reds' Price considering new closer after Hoover struggles

Cincinnati Reds manager Price said he wanted to sleep on any decision he might make about the closer role after J.J. Hoover struggled again Tuesday, giving up a two-run home run to Mark Reynolds in the ninth before finishing off the 4-3 victory.

Wednesday morning, Price still wasn’t ready to announce anything.

“I give it a lot of thought all the time as you can imagine,” Price said. “I probably won’t use him (Wednesday) anyway because he’s pitched back to back and three out of four, so it gives me a little more time to contemplate what I want to do.”

“I would really love him to be the closer,” Price continued. “But I do need him to perform at a more consistent level. I’d like him to be a little bit sharper. His pitch efficiency and command haven’t been great, and he has a track record of being really good. He does need to get back on the beam as far as commanding inside the zone, staying ahead in the count and executing better pitches.”

Entering Wednesday’s game, Hoover had a 15.19 ERA with one save in seven appearances.

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