by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
Astros call up Vincent Velasquez, option Josh Fields to Double-A
The Astros recalled pitcher Vincent Velasquez while optioning pitcher Josh Fields to Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday, the team announced. Fields (4-1) has a 2.20 ERA in 41 innings this season. Velasquez tossed 41 2/3 innings with the Astros earlier this season before being sent to minors to fine-tune his skills for a postseason run.
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
Astros RP Josh Fields returns to action
Reliever Josh Fields, who suffered a bruised right leg last week when he was struck by a line drive, returned to the Astros pen Sunday and pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Fields, who missed Friday's and Saturday's games, struck out two batters and allowed a hit to pick up his second hold of the season.
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Astros pitcher Josh Fields could be available on Sunday
Astros pitcher Josh Fields was able to throw off the mound on Saturday and may be available out of the bullpen on Sunday, manager A.J. Hich said per the Houston Chronicle. Fields was forced to leave his last appearance on Thursday when he took a line drive off his knee. Fields is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings of work this season.
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Astros' Josh Fields exits game after taking a line drive off the leg
Astros pitcher Josh Fields was forced out of Thursday's contest against the Tigers after taking a line drive off the leg in the bottom of the ninth inning. Fields limped off the field and was escorted by team trainers to the locker room after pitching just one-third of an inning. He was replaced by Will Harris with a runner on first base in the bottom of the ninth. Fields was diagnosed with a bruised right leg after undergoing an X-ray after the game. His status for the remainder of this weekend's series at Detroit remains uncertain.
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
Astros closer Luke Gregerson (rest) not available on Wednesday
Astros manager A.J. Hinch confirmed that closer Luke Gregerson will not be available to pitch on Wednesday against the A's. Gregerson nearly cost the team a win on Tuesday when he gave up two runs in the ninth inning. He was pulled in favor of Pat Neshek who closed out the game and got the save. Gregerson has appeared in three of the last four games for the Astros and has given up two runs in two of those performances. Hinch indicated that Neshek, Chad Qualls, Tony Sipp and Josh Fields are all options to close if a save is needed on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Astros pitcher Josh Fields throws one scoreless inning in return
Astros pitcher Josh Fields tossed one scoreless inning in his return to action Saturday against the Athletics. It was Fields' first appearance this season after landing on the 15-day DL with a right groin strain to begin the year. "I told him, 'Welcome back,'" Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He throws his first pitch 96 mph and his second pitch at 97 ... I think everybody had a smile on their face. He's a big part of what we do in the bullpen." Fields added a strikeout and a walk to his totals. "I'm glad we were able to get him an inning with a little breathing room," Hinch said. "It feels like an extra-special addition."
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
Astros activate P Josh Fields, option IF Jonathan Villar
The Astros announced that they have activated reliever Josh Fields from the disabled list. Fields has been on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury. He's been with Triple-A Fresno and threw five times on a rehab assignment. Fields allowed two runs on five hits and four walks in six innings pitched. He's struck out three batters. "Josh Fields is a real weapon in the 'pen anytime during the game," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, per MLB.com. "I told him, he'll be used primarily as a bridge in the middle part of the game. Get a couple outings under his belt, we can move him into a number of roles." To make room for Fields, the Astros optioned infielder Jonathan Villar to Fresno. In seven games played, Villar has only recorded one hit in 13 at-bats.
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Astros RP Josh Fields could come off DL on Friday
The Astros could activate reliever Josh Fields (groin) off the 15-day disabled list Friday at Oakland, according to the Houston Chronicle. Fields has thrown five times on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Fresno, with his latest outing being a two-inning appearance Monday. He has allowed two runs on five hits and four walks in six innings. He has three strikeouts.
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
Astros' Josh Fields to pitch longer outing on injury rehab
Astros pitcher Josh Fields has made four appearances for Triple-A Fresno as he works through a minor league injury rehab assignment. Fields is on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury. The Astros are ready to stretch out Fields. He will make his first multi-inning appearance for Fresno on Monday, per the Houston Chronicle.
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
Astros manager A.J. Hinch please with Josh Fields' (groin) progress
Astros manager A.J. Hinch was encouraged with pitcher Josh Fields' (groin) Triple-A outing on Friday, despite giving up a run on three hits in a relief appearance, reports the Houston Chronicle. "The reports are that was some of the best stuff that Fields has featured while on rehab," Hinch said. "So that's a good sign. Gave up a run, threw just north of 20 pitches. His stuff was together. His changeup was really good. He's inching closer to coming back." Fields, who is on the disabled list with a groin strain, is to make another relief outing on Sunday.