Fiers was suspended five games and fined for throwing a pitch in the head area of Luis Valbuena on Wednesday, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. Fiers will not appeal this decision, and is beginning his suspension immediately, starting Thursday. The right-hander had a dreadful outing against the Angels, giving up eight runs on 10 hits and a walk in 3.2 innings during Houston's defeat. Upon the conclusion of his suspension, Fiers will likely return to the bullpen.
Fiers allowed eight runs on 10 hits and a walk over 3.2 innings in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Angels. While some leeway should be allowed for Fiers, who was a late fill-in for scheduled starter Lance McCullers (arm fatigue), there's no forgiving 10 hits allowed to 22 batters faced. McCullers is lined up to start Tuesday against the White Sox, though we can't be sure he'll be ready by then. If not, Fiers would be a candidate for another start.
Fiers will start Wednesday's game against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Astros banished Fiers to the bullpen earlier this month in the wake of the acquisition of Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers' activation from the disabled list, but after making one appearance in relief, the right-hander will rejoin the rotation temporarily. McCullers was initially scheduled to start Wednesday, but was scratched a day in advance due to what manager A.J. Hinch described as arm fatigue. Since it's not expected that McCullers will miss further starts because of the issue, Fiers will presumably head back to the bullpen after Wednesday's outing, Considering that Fiers posted an 8.03 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in his previous seven starts, it might be difficult to stream him with much confidence in AL-only or deeper mixed formats.
Manager A.J. Hinch said Fiers has been moved to the Astros' bullpen, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. With Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers (back) set to enter the rotation to start Tuesday and Wednesday, the Astros no longer need Fiers in their rotation, so he'll finish out the season in a long-relief role. After an impressive June and July, Fiers struggled through his next seven starts, compiling a 8.03 ERA and 27:19 K:BB in 37 innings. He could see a spot start in September, should an opportunity arise.
Fiers allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out just a single batter through 4.1 innings during Sunday's win over the Mets. He didn't factor into the decision. After surrendering eight runs through just four innings in his previous outing, Fiers put up another disappointing effort. The 32-year-old righty posted a 7.44 ERA and 1.59 WHIP through six August outings, so until he turns it around on the mound, he's a risky fantasy start. There's also no guarantee that he's capable of righting the ship, and the acquisition of Justin Verlander could eventually push Fiers out of the rotation entirely. Fiers projects to face the Athletics at Oakland Coliseum in his next start.