Dave Hudgens hired by Astros

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The Astros have hired former Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens.

NEW YORK -- Former Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens has been hired by the Houston Astros for that role.

Hudgens was fired by the Mets on May 26, during his fourth season on Terry Collins' staff.

The Astros hired Gary Pettis, another former Mets coach, as third base coach for new manager A.J. Hinch.

Lamar Johnson, who finished the season as Mets hitting coach, will be reassigned to the minors. The Mets reportedly have expressed interest in Dave Magadan and Kevin Long.