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.

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Author and sports writer, Ray Mileur, is a graduate of the World Wide Sports Management, Baseball GM and Scouting course and a member of the IBWAA. In 1998, Ray founded an award winning fan site that attracted over ten million visitors before becoming an affiliate with Scout.com and Fox Sports. In 2008, Ray represented former St. Louis Cardinals manager Billy Southworth and his family at the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown. Ray is the owner of Astros411.com. His articles and columns have been featured in several Fox Sports publications and on a long list of baseball related websites. He joined Baseball Essentials in April, 2015.

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