The New York Yankees have released corner infielder Russell Branyan, tweets Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune.
Branyan, 36, has been productive for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but has missed most of the season with back issues and hasn't played since early July. In 33 games at Triple-A, the veteran slugger is batting .309 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI.
In 14 seasons, Branyan has a .232 career batting average with 194 home runs. However, he batted just .197 with five home runs in 2011 while splitting time with the Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks, leading him to eventually signing a minor league deal with the Yankees in February.
Branyan is known for his ability to hit long home runs, specifically in Yankee Stadium. In 2009, the year he hit a career-high 31 home runs as a member of the Seattle Mariners, he became the first player to hit a home run off the Mohegan Suns Sports Bar above Monument Park in center field. The following season, he made more history in Yankee Stadium by becoming the first player to hit a home run ball into the fourth deck in right field.
In addition to first base and third base, Branyan has spent time as a designated hitter and as an outfielder throughout his career.
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