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Diamondbacks release Russell Branyan to make room for Micah Owings

May 21, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

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The Diamondbacks released Russell Branyan following last night’s win over the Twins. The move clears room on the roster for Saturday’s starter Micah Owings.

Branyan, who was signed to a minor league deal in February, began the season in a timeshare with Juan Miranda at first base, but his playing time dropped off considerably this month. The veteran slugger batted .210/.290/.339 with one home run and two RBI over 69 plate appearances during his time with the D-Backs. Things didn’t work out in Arizona, but he shouldn’t have a tough time finding a new opportunity.

Owings will replace Armando Galarraga in the starting rotation, who was designated for assignment earlier this week. The 28-year-old was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2005 and posted a 4.97 ERA over two seasons with the club before being traded to the Reds in 2008 as part of the Adam Dunn deal. He had a 4.85 ERA and 27/9 K/BB ratio over his first seven starts with Triple-A Reno this season.

  1. marinersnate - May 21, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Phone home Muscle. Your missed in Coffeetown.

  2. Reflex - May 22, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Yeah, was wondering if the M’s would bring him back to replace Cust. I mean, picking up Branyon seems to be the usual move at midseason in Seattle.

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