Astros ink infielder Hernandez to Minors deal

Astros ink infielder Hernandez to Minors deal

Astros ink infielder Hernandez to Minors deal
HOUSTON -- The Astros have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with infielder Diory Hernandez, interim general manager Dave Gottfried announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Hernandez, 27, split time between the Atlanta Braves and their Triple-A affiliate in 2011, hitting .212 in 22 games for the Braves with a home run and four RBIs. Hernandez has played second base, shortstop and third base in his Major League and Minor League career, and has also played some outfield in the Minors. He hit .201 in 79 games at Triple-A Gwinnett last season, with five home runs and 26 RBIs.

Hernandez has been in the Braves' system since signing out of the Dominican Republic as an amateur free agent in 2002. He has appeared in 75 Major League games in his career.

Hernandez, who hit .319 in both 2009 and 2010 at Gwinnett, has a .272 career average in 745 career Minor League games. Hernandez is the Astros' 11th non-roster invite to Spring Training.

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