Josh Fields RP HOU 14 hours ago

Fields (groin) is slated to toss two innings for Triple-A Fresno on Monday, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

Manager A.J. Hinch said that the Astros have a plan in place for Fields after Monday's outing, but was unwilling to confirm whether or not the right-hander would be activated from the disabled list after the outing. He's expected to work in middle relief for the Astros, where his high strikeout rate could give him some value in AL-only formats.

Josh Fields RP HOU 1 week ago

Fields (groin) needs to show he can throw on back-to-back days before rejoining the Astros, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

Fields is already eligible to come off the disabled list, but the Astros will continue his rehab at Triple-A Fresno until they are sure his stamina level is major-league ready. Upon returning, the right-hander will likely serve in middle relief.

Josh Fields RP HOU 2 weeks ago

Fields (groin) will make a rehab appearance at Triple-A Fresno this weekend, the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich reports.

It appears like he is nearing a return to the Astros' bullpen, and that could happen as soon as next week. Luke Gregerson appears to have a pretty solid hold on the closer's role in Houston, and Fields should pitch in the middle innings to start.

Josh Fields RP HOU 2 weeks ago

Fields (groin) threw off the mound Wednesday and should pitch in a simulated game in the next day or so, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

He could come off the DL shortly after the simulated game, at which point he would start taking the ball in semi-high leverage situations for Houston.

Josh Fields RP HOU 3 weeks ago

Fields (groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fields' DL stint will be backdated to March 27, allowing him to return as soon as the second week of the season. The right-hander seems optimistic about his recovery thus far, and may be back in the minimum 15 days if he's able to continue throwing in the next few days. Fields, who whiffed 70 batters and showed an improved walk rate over his 54.2 innings last season, figures to work in a setup role for closer Luke Gregerson once he's activated from the DL.

Josh Fields RP HOU 4 weeks ago

Manager A.J. Hinch indicated Fields (groin) will not throw off a mound for a few days, but will throw from flat ground, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fields strained his groin in Monday's spring training game, but it doesn't appear to be a severe issue. At this point, he's still considered a possibility for Opening Day, but his progress from Wednesday until then should determine his availability.

Josh Fields RP HOU 1 month ago

Fields suffered a groin strain in Monday's spring training contest and will be evaluated further Tuesday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fields had to be removed mid-inning, and won't travel with the team for Tuesday's spring training contest against the Mets. More information on a timetable should be available after Tuesday's evaluation, but with the 30-year-old likely to miss some time, his Opening Day status could be in jeopardy.

Josh Fields RP HOU 1 month ago

Fields was removed from Monday's spring training game with an unspecified injury, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Though the exact nature of Fields' injury isn't clear at this point, manager A.J. Hinch and the team's trainer came out of the dugout mid-at bat to visit with the pitcher. The fact that the 29-year-old had to be removed before getting through the current batter could be a bad sign, but more news should be available after the completion of Monday's exhibition contest.

Josh Fields RP HOU 2 months ago

Fields (hamstring) said his Tuesday bullpen session went well, mlb.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

Fields is seemingly just bothered by minor hamstring tightness, as the issue did not prevent him from throwing. He'll likely open the season in a middle relief role, with the Astros now sporting a bullpen that includes Chad Qualls, Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek.

Josh Fields RP HOU 2 months ago

Fields is dealing with hamstring tightness but is expected to throw Tuesday, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

While Fields certainly isn't the favorite to close games for the Astros this season, he is someone worth paying attention to, as he has as much bat-missing stuff as anyone in Houston's bullpen. Injuries were a big part of his 2014 campaign, so hopefully his hamstring issue doesn't linger throughout the spring.