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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%: 5/2 | Average Draft Position: 669.00
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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.


Josh Fields lands on disabled list Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Astros pitcher Josh Fields has been placed on the disabled list Sunday.

Fields is dealing with forearm soreness. He's posted a 5.93 ERA over 27 1/3 innings. He was injured during Saturday's game against the Rays.


Josh Fields suffers forearm strain Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Astros pitcher Josh Fields suffered a forearm strain in his team's 7-3 win over the Rays Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"He has a muscle strain," manager Bo Porter said. "He felt it on the second warmup pitch and felt some discomfort. At that point there’s no sense in trying to work through it right there. You go ahead and get him out of the game and allow the trainers and the doctors to take a look at him."

Fields threw three pitches while getting the final out of the eighth inning, then threw two more while warming up for the ninth before leaving with the injury, which could earn him a trip to the disabled list. He owns a 5.93 ERA and 37:10 K:BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings.


Josh Fields charged with fourth loss Tuesday vs. Diamondbacks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Astros pitcher Josh Fields was hung with a loss Tuesday after giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk in his team's 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Diamondbacks.

Fields surrendered 14 of his 18 runs this season in a five-game span at the end of April and beginning of May, but he's been pretty solid otherwise, and his free pass was the first he issued in eight appearances. He owns a 6.15 ERA and 37:10 K:BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings.


Josh Fields picks up first relief win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Astros reliever Josh Fields picked up his first relief win Thursday night against the Orioles.

Fields (1-3) struck out three and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings to secure the win. He dropped his ERA from 8.00 to 7.20 following Thursday's outing. He owns a 1.45 WHIP and 28:9 K:BB ratio in 20 innings of relief.

Josh Fields down, Josh Zeid up for Astros


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Disappointing reliever Josh Fields has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City by the Astros, who have promoted fellow right-hander Josh Zeid .

Fields has yielded a disturbing 14 runs in the last 3 1/3 innings he's pitched over four appearances.


Bo Porter announces changes in late-inning roles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Scuffling right-hander Josh Fields will not be used in late-inning pressure situations for the Astros for the time being, Bo Porter announced on Friday.

Fields has been miserable lately. He has given up nine earned runs on eight hits in his last 1 1/3 innings as his ERA has skyrockted to 9.58. He has struggled in particular against left-handed batters.

The job of holding opponents down late in close games will fall on Chad Qualls and Anthony Bass until further notice.


Josh Fields takes third straight loss in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Astros reliever Josh Fields was able to pitch for the first time in four days Tuesday against the Nationals, after overcoming quad tightness.

Unfortunately, his return to action did not go as planned, as Fields' struggles continued. He surrendered one run pitching in the ninth inning of a tied game, and was charged with the loss as a result. He allowed the run on one hit and a pair of walks, as the Nationals won, 4-3.

Fields is now 0-3, and has earned the loss in each of his last three outings. His ERA stands at 9.58 though 12 appearances on the season.  


Josh Fields dealing with quad injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Astros reliever Josh Fields was unavailable Sunday due to tightness in a quadriceps muscle, MLB.com. Fields has allowed eight runs over his last one-third of an inning. The right-hander owns a 9.64 ERA over his first 9 1/3 innings pitched.

Josh Fields blows save opportunity with three-run home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Astros pitcher Josh Fields blew a save opportunity Wednesday for the first time this season, giving up a walkoff three-run home run with one out in the ninth inning of his team's 5-3 loss to the Mariners.

Fields (0-1) gave up singles to the first two batters of the inning before striking out Justin Smoak for his first out. However, Kyle Seager was able to knock his second home run of the day to seal the deal. Fields, who was pitching for the third straight day Wednesday, owns a 4.82 ERA and 12:4 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings.


Josh Fields earns second save vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Astros pitcher Josh Fields recorded his second save of the season Tuesday, striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to lock down his team's 5-2 win over the A's.

Fields' first save came all the way back on April 2, and three Astros relievers have shared the team's five saves thus far. It was Fields' turn Tuesday, and he turned in a 1-2-3 inning to pick up the save. He owns a 2.00 ERA and 11:4 K:BB ratio in nine innings.


Josh Fields struggles late vs. Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Astros pitcher Josh Fields was unable to shut the door on the Blue Jays Thursday in Toronto.

Fields entered the game in the ninth inning and allowed a two-run double to Adam Lind. He was charged with three runs -- two earned -- on two hits and one walk while striking out over two-thirds of an inning. Anthony Bass relived Fields and picked up a one-out save.

Fields has allowed three earned runs over 3 2/3 innings pitched in four appearances.

Josh Fields earns save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Astros pitcher Josh Fields picked up the save in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Yankees, striking out one and giving up no hits or walks in a scoreless ninth inning.

The Astros closing situation is expected to be handled by a committee, and it was Fields on the mound with the first save chance of the season. He gave up just one earned run in seven innings during the spring while striking out six and walking none.


Three potential Astros closers pitch in non-save situation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Though Bo Porter has declared a closer-by-committee approach for the Astros to start the season, one might glean from the Tuesday box score that early favorite Josh Fields has a leg up on the job.

Kevin Chapman, Chad Qualls and Matt Albers all pitched in the victory over the Yankees in non-save situations. Fields was held back, which indicates he will be first in line to close out games. Albers pitched the ninth, but since it was the season opener for Houston, it cannot be argued that he was merely getting his work in.


Three players among closer options for Astros


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter announced before the season opener against the Yankees that relievers Matt Albers, Josh Fields and Chad Qualls are all candidates to close Tuesday.

Astros intend to go with closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter said Sunday he expects to open the season with a closer-by-committee approach. He said the plans could change, but right now no one has taken hold of the job.

Before spring training began, Porter had identified Josh Fields, Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Jesse Crain as candidates for the closer's role. Unfortunately, Crain has been sidelined all spring due to injury.


Astros set staff for first spring game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell will start with the club Friday, according to MLB.com.

Harrell will get the nod for the team's first game of the spring. He'll be following up by Matt Albers, Peter Moylan and Josh Fields. Both Fields and Albers are thought to be in contention for the closer role.

Harrell posted a 5.86 ERA in 153 2/3 innings last season.


Competition for Houston's closer's job remains wide open


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter said Monday the competition for the closer's role is wide open between Josh Fields, Matt Albers, Chad Qualls and Jesse Crain, according to the Houston Chronicle. However, Porter acknowledged Qualls experience as a closer carries some value.

Crain, however, might have a tough time competing for the job this spring since Porter said Monday there is still no timetable for when Crain will throw off a mound. The veteran reliever is still recovering from right biceps surgery in October.


Josh Fields could retain closer's role


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/13/2013) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle that reliever Josh Fields earned a place among the team's closer candidates going into next season. Fields was the team's primary closer down the stretch in 2013, and Luhnow said the rookie "did a good job in that role at the end of the year, and I think he clearly deserves a chance to try and maintain that role."

The Astros will also look into free agent closing options, including Jose Veras, who saved 19 games for Houston before getting dealt to the Tigers last July.