Hoyt, who has struck out 18 of the first 32 batters he's faced this season, will be used in high-leverage situations, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. "The swing-and-miss component of his game makes me feel really comfortable when I bring him in with guys on base in the middle of innings," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He can escape some things without contact."

True to his word, Hinch brought Hoyt into Friday's game when starter Charlie Morton tired in the sixth. Hoyt stranded an inherited runner on a couple of weak groundouts and picked up another strikeout in 1.1 scoreless innings. He now has a 0.96 ERA over 9.1 innings.

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