The Astros have released right-hander Lance Pendleton and infielder Jimmy Van Ostrand, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
Pendleton, who inked a minor league deal over the offseason to rejoin the Astros, was reassigned to Minor League camp on March 15.
He entered camp as a non-roster invitee.
The 28-year-old Pendleton began 2011 as a Rule 5 Draft pick for Houston before being returned to the Yankees in Spring Training.
He made his major league debut with the Yankees on April 15 and compiled a 3.21 ERA over 11 relief appearances for New York.
Pendleton was designated for assignment on Sept. 6.
Houston claimed him off waivers just three days later, and he ultimately finished the 2011 regular season at the big league level.
He appeared in four games with the Astros.
Pendleton, a native of Kingwood, Texas, was selected by New York in the fourth round (139th overall) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.
He played collegiately at Rice University.
Van Ostrand, 27, hit .306 with 11 homers, 48 RBI, 22 doubles and two triples in 104 games at Double-A Corpus Christi last season.
He was selected in the eighth round by Houston in 2006.
The two-time minor league All-Star played in the 2007 XM All-Star Futures Game and frequently competes for Canada in international events.
However, after being promoted to Corpus Christi in 2008, Van Ostrand found himself stuck at the Double-A level in the farm system.
He’s hitting .277 with 51 homers, 304 RBI, 111 doubles and seven triples over 566 games in his six career minor league seasons.
Pendleton and Van Ostrand will look to sign elsewhere.
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