Astros release RHP Livan Hernandez

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Houston Astros have released right-hander Livan Hernandez, baseball's active leader in starts and innings, from his minor league contract.

General manager Jeff Luhnow made the announcement Friday. The 37-year-old Hernandez made five starts for the Astros this spring training after signing with the club on Jan. 31.

Hernandez had hoped to pitch for a 17th season with his eighth different team. He has started 474 games and has pitched 3,121 2-3 innings. .