In a move that should have surprised no one, the Astros announced they have recalled reliever Josh Zeid from Oklahoma City and sent beleaguered right-hander Josh Fields to Triple-A. Both players have options left and can be sent freely between the levels this season (as long as they're down for a certain number of days).
Zeid already had a stint in the big league bullpen earlier this season when Matt Albers went on paternity leave. With the bullpen still riddled with injuries, relievers got blown up again last night in an 11-4 loss to Detroit.
Fields has pitched well in spurts under new pitching coach Brent Strom, but seemed to lose confidence after giving up a walkoff win to the Mariners in the ninth inning, in the third of three straight games he pitched. Since then, Fields has gotten drilled in game after game and not been effective.
In his stead, Houston will get Zeid, the slider machine, to try and fix the bullpen's woes. With Albers still on the shelf, Houston probably is just looking for someone who can pitch effectively late in games.
What do you think? Will this move help the bullpen? Do either Zeid or Fields make or break the big league team? Are you glad Zeid's getting another shot?