Houston Astros‘ right-hander Josh Fields left Thursday’s game after facing two batters and getting hit in the leg by a line drive that was deflected towards first base. Fields was obviously in pain as the trainer led him off the field.
Initial reports from the team indicate that x-rays taken at the ballpark came back negative and that Fields is suffering from a bone contusion near the knee and a bruised right leg. There is no immediate time table for when Fields will return to action. For now he is considered day-to-day.
Fields was another one of those under the radar moves made by the Houston Astros in the last couple of years. Fields was acquired from Boston in the Rule 5 Major League Draft on December 6, 2012 and has been a consistent contributor for Houston since they picked him up.
The former first round pick has pitched in six professional seasons in the Seattle (2009-11), Boston (2011-12) and Houston (2013-2014) organizations. Going into this season, he had amassed 110 strikeouts in 92.2 innings.
Last year Fields appeared in 54 games for Houston, posting a 4-6 record with four saves and a 4.45 ERA. An uptick in his fastball and his improved control as the season progressed last year was a promising sign that Fields might have a break-out season this year.
Fields (2-0, 0.96 ERA) has appeared in 11 games for the Astros this season. He is a key set-up man to get to the closer, the 6’0″ 195 pound, righty out of the University of Georgia has not allowed a run in his last nine appearances.