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Fields to Triple-A as Romo returns to 'pen

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LOS ANGELES -- After a recent string of rough outings for Josh Fields, the Dodgers optioned the right-handed reliever to Triple-A Oklahoma City and activated reliever Sergio Romo from the 10-day disabled list on Monday.

In four of his last five outings, Fields allowed at least one home run. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the move was a chance for Fields to "reset."

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LOS ANGELES -- After a recent string of rough outings for Josh Fields, the Dodgers optioned the right-handed reliever to Triple-A Oklahoma City and activated reliever Sergio Romo from the 10-day disabled list on Monday.

In four of his last five outings, Fields allowed at least one home run. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the move was a chance for Fields to "reset."

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"Look at the videos, and it's just misexecution," Roberts said. "They're not foul balls or fly balls. They've just been home runs. This, certainly for him and our belief in him, is not punitive at all. He's still having a good year, and we expect him to have a great year when he gets back."

Replacing Fields in the interim is Romo. Romo was placed on the DL on June 9 with an left ankle sprain and made two rehab appearances for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The righty also has had his share of troubles, giving up 14 earned runs and five homers in 19 2/3 innings this season.

"He feels good," Roberts said. "The ankle feels good. The body feels good. He was executing pitches. He's happy to be back. Ready to go."

Worth noting

• Roberts said Kenta Maeda, who started on Sunday against the Reds, will return. The righty tossed five innings and allowed one run on three hits in the Dodgers' 5-3 win. Maeda was taken out of the Dodgers rotation on June 7, but got the nod Sunday to give Clayton Kershaw and Co. an extra day between starts.

"With our starters and with his obviously versatility, we want to keep him sharp," Roberts said. "He's going to be down for the next few days and get back in there in the 'pen. But things obviously with us can change."

• Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez received an epidural shot for a back injury he sustained June 11 against the Reds. Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day DL on June 12 for the second time in his 14-year career. Gonzalez missed 12 games earlier this season with right elbow soreness. Roberts said the Dodgers hope Gonzalez will be back before the All-Star break on July 10.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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