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Atlanta Braves Sign Livan Hernandez After Release by Houston Astros

March 30th, 2012 at 3:20 PM
By Cody Fields

Veteran starting pitcher Livan Hernandez was released by the Houston Astros on Friday. Just hours later, the Atlanta Braves already signed him.

Hernandez's release was spurred on by his 1-2 record and 5.62 Spring Training ERA over five starts with the Astros, but the Braves are taking a chance a 16-year veteran who has never been on the disabled list. He has also led the majors in innings pitched and games started twice.

Hernandez had signed a free agent contract with the Astros on Jan. 31. He went 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA with the Washington Nationals last season.

For the moment, it seems Hernandez will join the Braves' starting rotation, which needs a spot filled until Tim Hudson returns from his November back surgery. After that, it seems at least likely that he could join the bullpen as a long reliever.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, MLB

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