Astros release Livan Hernandez

Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today that the club has released right-handed pitcher Livan Hernandez from his minor league contract.

Hernandez, 37, made five starts for the Astros this spring after signing with the club as a minor league free agent on Jan. 31, 2012.

The move trims the club’s Spring Training roster to 33 players, which includes injured left-handed pitcher Sergio Escalona.