Astros Release Shawn Chacon

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The Houston Astros have released Shawn Chacon, opting to cut the right-hander a day after he reportedly grabbed general manager Ed Wade by the neck and threw him to the ground.

The team requested waivers on Chacon on Thursday for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

If he isn't claimed by another major league team by Monday, waivers will expire and his contract will be terminated without pay.

Chacon, a native of Greeley, Colo., has also played for the Rockies.