Tag:Russell Branyan
Posted on: July 16, 2010 11:05 am

Table accident sidelines Branyan

Russell Branyan Yesterday the Padres placed Mat Latos on disabled list with a strained left side after he tried to hold a sneeze in, but that wasn't the only bizarre injury of the day.

Mariners first baseman Russell Branyan missed last night's game and will miss today's game after a table fell on Branyan's left foot Thursday morning in his hotel room, cutting and bruising his toe, manager Don Wakamatsu told the Seattle Times ' Larry Stone .

"He went to close the curtains this morning at 5," Wakamatsu said. "He knocked over the table and it landed on his foot."

Meanwhile, Stone also reports Erik Bedard has had a setback in his return from labrum surgery and went to see the doctor who performed the surgery last August.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 11:15 am
Edited on: July 1, 2010 12:26 pm

Lee trade just matter of time

Cliff Lee So far, it looks like Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is taking calls about Cliff Lee, but he's not making any.

It's widely assumed that the Mariners will deal Lee, the best starting pitcher expected to be available at the trade deadline. Technically, however, Lee doesn't appear to be on the market yet.

The Mariners' recent run of good play, then their surprising trade for (at least potential) offensive boost Russell Branyan on Sunday had people wondering: Do the Mariners still think they have a shot this year? And if so, might they keep Lee?

The answer to both of those questions is almost certainly no.

Yes, Seattle is playing its best ball of the year, winning nine of its past 12. Twice over that span, Lee and Felix Hernandez have delivered a 1-2 punch to a division-leading team (the Reds on June 18-19, the Yankees the past two days). That is conjuring visions of what might have been, if only Zduriencik had built the team with even adequate offense.

Unfortunately for the Mariners, winning 9 of 12 has gotten them nowhere in the standings. In fact, they've gone from 12 1/2 games behind Texas in the American League West to 14 games behind the sizzling Rangers.

The Branyan trade, according to Zduriencik's comments afterward, was meant to help his young team know what it feels like to win once in a while:
"If you look at our team, as we move forward, just about every player who is here now will be here again next year," he said. "We're committed to the development of our players and that goal, that objective, has never changed for us. But part of that development process is also winning games. We want our players to be able to experience winning games this year. And we're trying to do what we can to give them what they need to get there." Zduriencik knows 14 games is too much to overcome, or at least too far back to operate as if you're a contender. Only a contender should have Lee, who is going to be a free agent after the season and is pitching at the absolute top of his game, in the second half of the season.
Zduriencik still has 30 days to wait and see which contender makes the best offer. If something crazy happens and Seattle ends July within shouting distance in the division, it's not impossible that the Mariners would keep Lee and try to make a run. But it's extremely unlikely.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2010 8:47 pm

Branyan returns to Seattle in trade

Russell Branyan Maybe Russell Branyan can bring back the magic of the Mariners' 2009 season, the team traded two minor leaguers to Cleveland for the slugger.

Branyan hit 31 home runs for Seattle in 2009, when the Mariners, despite not making the playoffs, were a feel-good story and posted a winning record. This season, not so much. The Mariners are 30-43, Ken Griffey Jr. has retired and much of the off-season optimism has been drowned by Seattle rain.

The Indians aren't any better, boasting a 26-46 record. Cleveland received minor-league outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and minor-league shortstop Juan Diaz in exchange for Branyan and a player to be named or cash.

Carrera, 22, was named the Mariners' 15th-best prospect by Baseball America and was hitting .268 in 64 games for Triple-A Tacoma before being put on the disabled list with a left hip pointer. Diaz, 21, is playing at High-A High Desert.

More importantly for the Indians, the team called up Matt LaPorta, who will now become the team's everyday first baseman with Branyan's departure. LaPorta was the key figure in the trade of CC Sabathia to the Brewers.

LaPorta struggled in his first stint with the Indians this year, hitting .218/.290/.277 with a home run and seven RBI in 35 games. Despite struggles at the big league level, it's obvious Triple-A holds no challenge for the University of Florida product -- LaPorta is hitting .362/.457/.638 with five home runs and 16 RBI for Columbus

Branyan was signed in February to a one-year, $2 million contract and was hitting .263/.328/.491 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI. This will be his second stint with the Mariners and end his second stint with the Indians. In all, he's played for eight different teams and been with the Indians, Mariners and Brewers twice.

UPDATE: The Seattle Times ' Geoff Baker reports Branyan is expected to arrive in Milwaukee for the Mariners' game against the Brewers just after noon, Milwaukee time. If he can get to the park by the 1:10 p.m. local start time, he'll be on the roster, available to pinch hit. In that case, Mike Carp will be option to Triple-A. If Branyan's cab doesn't beat the clock, Carp gets to stay with the team one more day.

But that won't mean there won't be a move made today for the Mariners -- the team has already called up pitcher David Pauley to serve as the team's long-man out of the bullpen on Sunday and put Mike Sweeney on the disabled list with back spasms. Sweeney has a history of back problems, but this one is nowhere near as serious, the team said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 8:09 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 12:20 am

Moyer in good company

Jamie Moyer When Phillies starter Jamie Moyer gave up a solo home run to the Indians' Russell Branyan on Tuesday night, it was his 505th career home run allowed, tying Robin Roberts for the most all time.

But being at the top of the leaderboard for a negative statistic is not the sign of a bad player. In fact, historically, it's a sign of greatness.

* Strikeout leader Nolan Ryan (5,714) is also the career leader in walks issued (2,795). In fact, the top five on the walks list are in the Hall of Fame: Ryan, Steve Carlton, Phil Niekro, Early Wynn and Bob Feller.

* Other than Moyer, the rest of the top five in homers allowed are in the Hall of Fame: Roberts, Fergie Jenkins, Niekro and Don Sutton.

* Top five in losses? All in the Hall: Cy Young, Pud Galvin, Ryan, Walter Johnson and Niekro.

* Top five in earned runs? Yep, all in the Hall: Young, Niekro, Sutton, Ryan and Galvin.

* Moving to the hitting side, Reggie Jackson leads the career strikeout list.

* The seven players who have grounded into the most career double plays are Hall of Famers or will be: Cal Ripken Jr., Hank Aaron, Carl Yastrzemski, Ivan Rodriguez, Dave Winfield, Eddie Murray and Jim Rice.

* The top 13 in outs made are in the Hall, with the exception of Pete Rose (the all-time leader with 10,328) and Craig Biggio (No. 10), who will be a strong candidate.

So Moyer shouldn't feel bad about his new record. He's in very good company.

-- David Andriesen

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