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Astros strip struggling Chacon of starting duties

Updated: June 22, 2008, 7:11 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Houston Astros pitcher Shawn Chacon was dropped from the starting rotation Sunday and will be used in the bullpen.

The right-hander is 2-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 15 starts this season.

"We think he's going to help us more there right now," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "A little bit of inconsistency the last month or so. We think we have some other options to try."

Right-hander Runelvys Hernandez, currently with Triple-A Round Rock, could replace Chacon ...

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