KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros relief pitcher Josh Fields was removed from Monday's game against the Braves after recording one out in the seventh inning with a right groin strain.
Manager A.J. Hinch said Fields' groin tightened up on him on the pitch prior to his removal from the game, and Hinch pulled him for precautionary reasons. He said Fields would be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
"He knew what it was when he felt it," Hinch said. "It was sort of an immediate grab and he did the right thing by taking a little bit of time. He caught it and we removed him from the game."
Fields was scheduled to pitch in back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday, but he won't play in Tuesday's game against the Mets.
Fields, 29, appeared in a career-high 54 games, throwing 54 2/3 innings, last year in his second Major League season. He went 4-6 with a 4.45 ERA and led all Astros relievers in strikeouts (70), innings pitched and strikeouts per nine innings.