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35 Josh Fields RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/188 | Birthdate: 8/19/1985 | Birthplace: Athens, GA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: Georgia | MLB Experience: 2 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Astros activate P Josh Fields, option IF Jonathan Villar


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) 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. 


Astros RP Josh Fields could come off DL on Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) 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.


Astros' Josh Fields to pitch longer outing on injury rehab


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) 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


Astros manager A.J. Hinch please with Josh Fields' (groin) progress


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) 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.


Astros not ready to activate Josh Fields with Will Harris excelling


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) The Astros are not ready to activate Josh Fields from the disabled list and have no obvious candidates for demotion, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Right-hander Will Harris would be the logical option to lose his roster spot in the event of a Fields activation, but the right-hander has surrendered just one hit in five scoreless innings while striking out five and walking none in three appearances.

"Will Harris has been one of our best relievers," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He’s done very well in his opportunity and we like what he’s done."

The Astros are also looking to give Fields a few more opportunites to get comfortable in rehab games.

"Little bit of both," Hinch said. "You want to make sure he’s fully comfortable and his pitches both have quality and comfort for him. I think it could happen quickly. It also could be a couple more outings."


Astros pitcher Josh Fields on nearing return to bullpen


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Astros pitcher Josh Fields could return to the club this coming week after dealing with a groin injury, reports MLB.com.

Fields, who began the year on the 15-day DL, is expected to throw on two consecutive days this week before manager A.J. Hinch brings him up.

"This is just like the end of spring training for him," Hinch said. "We wanted all of our guys to go back to back and be able to pitch in their roles they're going to pitch in during the season. He's going to finish that with a couple of more outings.

"He's on our team when he's ready physically and pitching well," Hinch said. "Hopefully, we have a good problem where we have too many guys who are throwing well, but Josh will be back when he's healthy and ready."


Astros pitcher Josh Fields throws one inning in rehab appearance


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Astros pitcher Josh Fields tossed one inning with one run allowed on no hits in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Fresno Saturday. Fields also walked one batter and did not record a strikeout against four hitters.

Fields is working his way back from a groin injury that landed him on the 15-day DL.


Astros' Fields set to begin rehab assignment this weekend


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Astros reliever Josh Fields (groin) will begin a rehab assignment this weekend with Triple-A Fresno, manager A.J. Hinch said Friday. Fields has been sidelined since leaving a March 23 spring game with a right groin strain.

Astros pitcher Josh Fields throws off a mound Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Astros pitcher Josh Fields was able to throw off the mound Wednesday as a part of his rehab stint in Florida and the team hopes to have him throw a simulated game before the end of the week, reports MLB.com.

Fields is battling back from a groin injury that landed him on the 15-day DL to begin the season. 


Astros' Oberholtzer, Fields, Peacock will start season on DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Astros announced that Brett Oberholtzer, Josh Fields and Brad Peacock will all start the season on the 15-day disabled list, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Oberholtzer  is dealing with a blister on his left index finger, and will have his DL stint backdated to March 31.

"It's a blister. It's not an arm injury," Oberholtzer said. "I just have to wait until the skin heals and take a little time and get back at it. ... I'm just day to day right how, obviously. I'll just wait until the skin heals up and gets right and allows me to make pitches comfortably and not deal with any side effects from the skin."

Fields is working his way back from a groin injury, and will have his DL stint backdated to March 27.

"I was trying to push it pretty hard, but I felt like I was going about it in a wise way," Fields said. "I made pretty quick progress. The fact that they've laid something out for me like that I think is going to help of 'OK, I can relax. I have a plan now of when I'm supposed to be back and just make sure everything is good and right.'"

Peacock, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, will start the first game of the season at Triple-A Fresno, per MLB.com. His DL will be backdated to March 30.


Astros pitcher Josh Fields still progressing from groin injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Astros pitcher Josh Fields still recovering from a groin injury and progressing well, manager A.J. Hinch said to MLB.com.

Hinch is hopeful Fields will be able to get on the mound soon. The young pitcher is not expected to be ready for Opening Day after suffering the injury over a week ago.


Hinch: 'Getting tough' for Josh Fields to make Astros


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Astros pitcher Josh Fields missed another day with a strained groin and is running out of time to make the team. 

"It's getting tough," manager A.J. Hinch said, per MLB.com. "At some point, we're going to run out of time. Now that we're a week away from Opening Day and he hasn't been on the mound for a long time, it's getting dangerously close. At the same time, we have to make sure that there are no setbacks and no length into the season that he wouldn't be available."

"We've got the depth and quality people that can fill in if he can't make it," Hinch added.


Astros still concerned Josh Fields won't be ready by opener


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Astros are still concerned that pitcher Josh Fields won't be ready by Opening Day, per MLB.com's Bryan McTaggart

Fields has been sidelined by a groin injury and is gradually working his way back. 

Two days earlier, manager A.J. Hinch first raised the possibility that Fields may not be ready to start the season. 

"We’re just day by day, taking it incrementally a little further and further," Hinch said, per the Houston Chronicle. “He’s playing catch and continuing to rehab it ... "Fields is an example of a guy that’s when he’s healthy he’s clearly on our team, and that might not be known exactly on the day that we depart."


Astros RP Josh Fields continues rehab with a round of catch


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Astros reliever Josh Fields continued his rehab from a groin injury on Friday with a round of catch. Fields has been sidelined since Monday -- his only appearance of the spring -- with the issue. He has been evaluated every day, and is not scheduled to play catch on Friday, according to MLB.com.

Fields' status for Opening Day remains up in the air.


Astros' Josh Fields unsure if he'll be ready by Opening Day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Astros reliever Josh Fields told reporters that his groin strain has calmed down after he's been evaluated every day, per the Houston Chronicle.

"I don't think it'll be too long before I'm off the mound again," Fields said.

Fields has been sidelined since Monday -- his only appearance of the spring -- with a groin issue. He indicated that he remains uncertain if he'll be ready by Opening Day.

"I don't know. I don't think we've gotten there yet. I'm hoping, hopeful," Fields said.


Astros RP Josh Fields won't throw off a mound for a few days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Astros reliever Josh Fields will not throw off a mound for a few days after suffering a right groin strain Monday, manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday. Fields will throw off flat ground, however, per the Houston Chronicle.

Hinch added at this point it is still possible for Fields to be ready by Opening Day.


Astros pitcher Josh Fields dealing with right groin strain


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Astros pitcher Josh Fields suffered a right groin strain during Monday's game against the Braves and will be further evaluated Monday, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Fields left his appearance during the game with the injury. Fields also dealt with a slight hamstring injury earlier this spring.


Astros RP Josh Fields exits outing due to apparent injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Astros reliever Josh Fields left Monday's game against the Braves in the top of the seventh inning due to an apparent injury, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Fields, who was in his first inning of work, retired Kelly Johnson on a fly out before manager A.J. Hinch and pitching coach Brent Strom went to the mound to meet with Fields following his third pitch to Zolio Almonte. Fields was then removed from the game following a discussion with Hinch and Storm.

Fields already dealt with a minor injury issue this spring, as he had a bullpen session pushed back one day in late February due to left hamstring tightness.


Astros' Josh Fields completes bullpen session on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Astros reliever Josh Fields, who missed a bullpen session on Monday with a hamstring issue, returned to the mound Tuesday for a rescheduled session, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that Fields was a full-go and did not experience any discomfort on Tuesday.

"Well, Fields doesn't really downshift," Hinch said. "If he was feeling anything, he doesn't show it. So he looked great. He looked the same as he did a few days ago. And he said he felt great. He went through the whole program, including some of the conditioning. He has one gear, and he throws it.

"I think he's fine. We'll modify his conditioning a touch just to ensure it, but that bullpen didn't give any indication that there's a lingering issue."


Astros RP Josh Fields sidelined with minor hamstring injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Astros reliever Josh Fields skipped his bullpen session Monday after feeling tightness in his left hamstring Sunday, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters. However, he isn't expected to be sidelined for long, per the Houston Chronicle.

“Fields is going to throw probably tomorrow or the next day,” Hinch said. “Just a small little hamstring tightness. We certainly went on the side of caution. There’s no concern, he did all the other drills, he did bunt plays, he did PFPs.”


Astros manager A.J. Hinch on naming a closer: 'It'll take a while'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Saturday that he has somewhat of an idea who his closer will be this season, but declined to reveal any names, per the Houston Chronicle. Hinch noted that it "will take a while" before he names his closer.

"I think you got to let it play out," Hinch said. "I don't want to get too far in trying to make that happen in your own mind. But I do have an idea of how I think it's going to play out, but I'm not rushing to judgment, or, I'm not against changing my mind about half a dozen to 10 times between now and April. It's very, very premature.

"There's less need to sort of try out. Competing for it is sort of a hard way to describe it when you've got guys that have some credentials. So I'll stop calling it a competition, but it's more of an alignment of how we're going to use them."

Luke Gregerson signed a three-year, $18.5 million contract with the Astros, and is the highest-paid reliever on the roster. Chad Qualls was the ninth-inning man last season, and Pat Neshek, Tony Sipp and Josh Fields are all viable candidates for the gig.


Astros relievers have hurt obliques


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) According to the Houston Chronicle, Astros relievers Darin Downs and Josh Fields are both nursing oblique injuries. Because Downs aggravated a previous injury, he could possibly miss the rest of the season.

Downs last pitched in a game Friday. Fields, who was beginning to earn some save opportunities, hasn't pitched since Sept. 9.


Josh Fields secures fourth save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Astros pitcher Josh Fields earned his fourth save Tuesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-1 win over the Mariners.

Seattle was only able to get two baserunners in eight innings against starter Collin McHugh, and they didn't fare any better when Fields entered the game. He's allowed just one hit and no walks in 6 1/3 scoreless innings over his last six appearances. Fields owns a 4.45 ERA and 70:17 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings.


Josh Fields active again for Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The Astros have officially activated reliever Josh Fields from the disabled list. He had been out since June 14 with a forearm injury.

Fields, who opened the season as the closer, has struggled with a 1-4 mark and 5.93 ERA.


Josh Fields could return with no rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) It hasn't been determined whether Astros pitcher Josh Fields will need a rehab assignment before returning from the disabled list, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Today I just threw a few (pitches) with a catcher in front of the plate, so I was kind of just tossing," Fields said Wednesday. "Kind of a short ‘pen, just a few pitches. Not like a bullpen, but off the mound."

Fields has been sidelined with forearm soreness, but he is first eligible to be activated Monday. He owns a 5.93 ERA and 37:10 K:BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings.