Fields happy to be back in Astros bullpen

Fields happy to be back in Astros bullpen

ANAHEIM -- The good news for relief pitcher Josh Fields is the right forearm soreness that kept him on the disabled list for 16 games wasn't nearly as problematic as a similar issue he had last year, when he was out nearly two months with a forearm strain.

Fields was activated from the disabled list late Thursday, thankful to once again be healthy and eager to contribute to the bullpen.

"I thank the Lord it wasn't too serious and I wasn't out like I was last season for two months," he said. "Hopefully, I can keep it under control and finish out the season."

Fields was pitching well prior to getting injured. Since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 14, he had posted a 1.17 ERA in 14 outings covering 15 1/3 innings with 22 strikeouts, while allowing just 10 hits and three walks.

"Like I said before I came back up after I was sent down, it's just about relaxing," he said. "That's what I plan on continuing to do throughout the rest of the season."

Coming on in relief in the seventh inning of Friday night's 7-6 loss, Fields allowed an RBI double to Howie Kendrick before striking out the last four batters he faced.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.