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Astros release second baseman Bill Hall

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HOUSTON - MAY 14:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets steals second base as secnd baseman Bill Hall is late on the tag at Minute Maid Park on May 14, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - MAY 14: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets steals second base as secnd baseman Bill Hall is late on the tag at Minute Maid Park on May 14, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Astros released second baseman Bill Hall today to clear up some space in the middle infield, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Hall was having a disappointing season for the 'Stros, posting a .224 average through 147 at-bats. To make room for an extra outfielder, Jason Bourgeois, as well give playing time to young infielder Angel Sanchez behind starter Jeff Keppinger, someone had to go and it was the spare veteran infielder. Hall declined comment.

"I don't know if he was going to get an opportunity here, with Keppinger coming back and playing real well and [Angel] Sanchez needed some time, as well," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "We hope this is an opportunity for him to get some time and be able to go and play some place."

Hall's best years were in 2005 and 2006, but his numbers have not even come close since. Hall, 31, will likely find more work this season but he does not necessarily have to because he is making three million dollars in '11 with 250,000 dollar buyout for 2012.