A transaction that went somewhat unnoticed on Sunday afternoon due to the fact it was the return of Yu Darvish, was the Dodgers placing right-handed reliever Josh Fields on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
#Dodgers reinstate Yu Darvish from the 10-day DL and place Josh Fields on the 10-day DL (retroactive to 8/25) with a lower back strain.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 27, 2017
Fields is the third Dodger pitcher to go down on the disabled list with back issues recently, along with Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw.
Fields has been having himself a great year with the Dodgers. He started off scorching hot, becoming the most reliable man in the bullpen behind Kenley Jansen. He suffered a little bit of drop off before he was sent back to the minors to figure things out. He pulled himself back together in July, pitching to a 2.61 earned run average, followed by a fantastic August with a 1.86 earned run average.
Fields has a legitimate shot at making the playoff bullpen, so we probably won’t see him sidelined for long. He needs to log clean innings to prove that he is one of the team’s top guys.
[button color=”red” size=”big” alignment=”center” rel=”follow” openin=”newwindow” url=”https://www.dodgersnation.com/dodgers-news-clayton-kershaw-start-friday-san-diego-tv0216/2017/08/28/”]Clayton Kershaw to start Friday[/button]