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Josh Fields | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 188
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Josh Fields is dealing with a strained right oblique.
This late in the year, it's almost certainly a season-ending injury. It's a sour ending to the season, but Fields has been terrific since returning from the DL in July, putting up a 2.96 ERA and 33/7 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings. He's an important bullpen piece for the Astros moving forward. Sep 21 - 10:09 AM

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Josh Fields retired the Mariners in order to earn his fourth save of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 victory.

This was Fields' second save in the last three days. He struck out one and walked off the mound having thrown only 11 pitches. The former Mariners' draft pick has usurped a struggling Chad Qualls over the past few days. It'd be smart for Houston to continue to evaluate the 29-year-old in the ninth inning as opposed to allowing the 36-year-old Qualls to play out the string. Whether or not they do is another story.
Sep 10 - 1:21 AM

Josh Fields recorded the final out Sunday, earning the save against the Athletics.

With Chad Qualls struggling the day before, the Astros played the matchups Sunday. After Tony Sipp struck out the first two batters, it was Fields who struck out Josh Donaldson to end the game and earn the save. It's unclear whether the Astros will go with a committee approach moving forward or if Sunday was just a day off for Qualls. Either way, Fields is a risky bet and probably shouldn't be owned in fantasy leagues.
Sep 7 - 10:07 PM

Astros activated RHP Josh Fields from the 15-day disabled list.

Fields missed nearly three weeks of action with a sore right forearm but is ready to rejoin the 'Stros bullpen. He holds a 5.93 ERA but has struck out 37 across 27 1/3 relief frames this season.
Jul 4 - 3:55 PM

Astros placed RHP Josh Fields on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm soreness.

Fields went on the DL with a forearm issue last year, as well. The reliever has been up-and-down with the Astros this season, striking out 37 across 27 1/3 frames but also posting a 5.93 ERA. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined.
Jun 15 - 11:46 AM

Astros recalled RHP Josh Fields from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Fields was sent down a week ago after a string of poor performances for the big club. The Astros are hoping he's righted the ship after three scoreless innings at Oklahoma City. While Fields was in the mix for saves earlier this season, he's unlikely to be trusted in the ninth inning again anytime soon.
May 14 - 11:58 AM

Astros optioned RHP Josh Fields to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Fields was looking like the favorite for saves with the Astros just a couple weeks ago, but he's now headed to the minors after allowing nine runs over his last four appearances. Josh Zeid has replaced him on the roster.
May 7 - 2:37 PM

Astros manager Bo Porter said Friday that he will not use Josh Fields in high-leverage situations for now.

Fields saved his second game of the season on April 22 but has been rocked for nine runs over his three appearances since then. He could eventually get another look in the ninth inning, but Porter will go with Chad Qualls and Anthony Bass for now.
May 2 - 5:15 PM

Josh Fields blew his first save of the season Wednesday in the Astros' loss to the Mariners.

Fields entered the game with the Astros leading 3-2. He gave up back-to-back singles to Robinson Cano and Corey Hart and then let up a one-out walkoff three-run shot to Kyle Seager. Fields is in a closer committee right now in Houston and appears unlikely to grab the job for himself anytime soon.
Apr 23 - 6:47 PM

Josh Fields earned his first save since April 2 and his second total in Tuesday's 5-2 win against Seattle, striking out one over a perfect ninth inning.

Outside of a shaky outing with a five-run lead earlier this month against the Blue Jays (3 runs, 2 earned), Fields hasn't coughed up a run, a stretch that has reached five straight appearances. Unless you play in an AL-only league, it's just too hard to own a Houston reliever in fantasy. Fields would hold some intrigue if the ninth-inning job was his, but he's going to keep sharing it with Anthony Bass, Chad Qualls, Matt Albers, and the guy from Section 157 that Bo Porter ran into outside the stadium before the game.
Apr 23 - 1:43 AM

After coming in with a 6-1 lead, Josh Fields allowed three runs -- two earned -- in the ninth Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Fields was pulled after retiring two of the five batters he faced, allowing Anthony Bass to come in and get a one-out save. While it wasn't a save situation for Fields tonight, this won't help his chances of getting the next save chance generated. As is, both he and Chad Qualls, who pitched a scoreless eighth tonight, have identical 4.91 ERAs and 1.91 WHIPs. It bodes well for Matt Albers perhaps getting some save opps once he returns from paternity leave.
Apr 10 - 10:32 PM

Josh Fields struck out one over a perfect inning to earn the save in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

Fields needed just 10 pitches to dispose of the Yankees in order, getting a popout and a foulout sandwiched around a strikeout of Brian Roberts. Matt Albers pitched before Fields and also looked terrific, giving up a hit but striking out the other four batters he faced. Chad Qualls was nowhere to be found after allowing a run on three hits Tuesday. The Astros bullpen has the makings of a true committee, at least until Jesse Crain (biceps) is ready, but Fields could be at the top of the pecking order right now.
Apr 3 - 1:25 PM

Josh Fields fanned all three batters he faced in the ninth Thursday against the Phillies.

Oddly, one of those hitters was a pitcher -- the Phillies let Sean O'Sullivan hit for himself in the ninth -- but at least two of the guys did, in fact, hit for a living. Fields has probably been the best of Houston's closer candidates this spring, with one run allowed and a 5/0 K/BB ratio in six innings. It's still unlikely, but maybe he'll get the gig over Chad Qualls on Opening Day.
Mar 20 - 4:53 PM

Josh Fields expressed his desire on Friday to compete for the Astros ninth-inning gig, but understands why a pair of veteran hurlers was brought in as well.

Jesse Crain and Chad Qualls were acquired via free agency this offseason, with Crain the leading candidate for saves in the Astros bullpen provided he's healthy to begin the season. Fields, who finished the season in that capacity, posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 40/18 K/BB ratio over 38 innings of work in his rookie campaign.
Feb 15 - 8:27 AM

Josh Fields allowed a solo homer but escaped to earn his fourth save of the season against the Mariners on Monday.

Fields entered the cushiest of save situations: A three-run ninth inning lead in Seattle. He settled down after Brad Miller's home run and didn't allow another base runner. Fields isn't a good fantasy closer -- he isn't even a good reliever, period, as his 5.91 ERA would attest -- but it appears as though he's leapfrogged Chia-Jen Lo as Bo Porter's preferred ninth-inning option. Lo coughed up two runs in the seventh inning and now owns a 5.40 ERA.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 01:45:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Carlos Corporan
3Max Stassi
1B1Jon Singleton
2Jesus Guzman
3Marc Krauss
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Marwin Gonzalez
2Gregorio Petit
3Jonathan Villar
3B1Matt Dominguez
LF1Jake Marisnick
2L.J. Hoes
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Alex Presley
RF1George Springer
2Robbie Grossman
DH1Chris Carter
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Brett Oberholtzer
5Brad Peacock
6Samuel Deduno
7Nick Tropeano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Chad Qualls
2Josh Fields
3Tony Sipp
4Jose Veras
5Darin Downs
6Jake Buchanan
7Michael Foltynewicz
8Kevin Chapman
9Josh Zeid
10Jesse Crain
11Matt Albers
12Jose Cisnero