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Astros release veteran Jared Hughes after tough Spring

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The Houston Astros released veteran right-handed reliever Jared Hughes on Thursday at the pitcher’s request. He signed a minor league contract that allowed him to opt out if not on the team’s 40-man roster by March 18.

Hughes didn’t have the results he or the club would have hoped for in Spring Training. In five appearances totaling 5.2 innings, the 34-year-old allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks, for a 6.35 ERA and 1.412 WHIP. He gave up one home run and struck out four.