Patrick Osborn

The Houston Astros Release Outfielder Jack Cust And Pitcher Zach Duke

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According to the latest in sports, the Astros released outfielder Jack Cust and left handed pitcher Zach Duke.The players who are baseball veterans were reportedly having difficulty during spring trainings.

Cust was apart of a non-guaranteed major league deal. He also started 0-for-24 this spring before a pinch-single. Cust also sustained an an elbow injury. He made his Major League debut with the Diamondbacks on September 26, 2001. He then was traded by the Diamondbacks with catcher JD Closser to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Mike Myers. According to a spokesperson for the Houston Astros, Cust was seen as a valuable player with extreme potential. The team however is currently filled with left handed players in the outfield and the team is looking for players with more versatility.

Left handed pitcher Zach Duke’s release does not affect the roster for the Houston Astros because Duke had a minor league deal. But because of his release, it narrows the rotation to six for five spots, with Jordan Lyles and Kyle Weiland each receiving a boost. Duke signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros on January 27, 2012.

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