Astros recall Zeid, option Fields

In a move that came as no surprise, the Astros optioned struggling relief pitcher Josh Fields to Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled right-hander Josh Zeid, who was in uniform for Wednesday’s game at Comerica Park.

Zeid spent three days on the Major League roster last month while Matt Albers was on paternity leave. He pitched two games in Toronto and allowed two earned runs and four hits in three innings. He’s served as the closer at Oklahoma City and picked up his fifth save Tuesday night.

He had pitched in 11 games for the RedHawks this year and was 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA with 13 strikeouts and three walks.

Fields allowed five runs and six hits in two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday’s loss to the Tigers. In his last five outings, he had given up 14 earned runs and 14 hits in three innings after starting the season with a 2.00 ERA in his first nine games.

“I was throwing strikes and pitching the ball down in the zone,” Fields said Tuesday. “They were making some good swings on some pitches.”

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