Scratch former Astros catcher Brad Ausmus' name from the list of candidates to become the club's next manager.
In a text message to FOX 26 Sports Ausmus said he has withdrawn from consideration.
"I spoke with the Astros about the managerial position," Ausmus said. "Had great meetings with (owner) Mr. Crane and (general manager) Jeff Luhnow.
"Enjoyed discussing the Astros and certainly wish them the best of luck."
Ausmus is currently managing the Israeli national team in the World Baseball Classic.
Ausmus is a special assistant in the San Diego Padres front office.