Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros have agreed to terms with pitcher Jose Veras on a minor league contract.
Also on Sunday, the Astros placed pitcher Josh Fields on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right forearm and recalled pitcher Paul Clemens from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Veras was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this month after going 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in 12 games. The right-hander lost the closer's job after blowing two saves in April.
The 33-year-old Veras started the 2013 season with the Astros. He recorded a 2.93 ERA and 19 saves in 43 innings before being dealt to the Detroit Tigers. Veras finished with a 3.20 ERA with the Tigers.
Veras is 19-23 with 26 saves and a 3.99 ERA in 406 career games with the Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Pirates, Brewers, Astros, Tigers and Cubs.
Fields is 1-4 with two saves and a 5.93 ERA in 28 relief appearances this season.
Clemens is 0-1 with a 5.16 ERA in 11 trips out of the bullpen for Astros this season.