HOUSTON (AP) -The San Diego Padres released utilityman Russell Branyan on Saturday to open a roster spot for outfielder Scott Hairston, acquired Friday from Arizona.
The 31-year-old Branyan batted .197 with a home run and 19 RBIs in 67 games for the Padres this season. He started 30 games - 18 at third base, nine in left field and three as a designated hitter.
The Padres got Hairston from the Diamondbacks for minor league right-hander Leo Rosales. In 76 games with the Diamondbacks, Hairston hit .222 with three home runs and 16 RBIs.
Hairston will be a reserve outfielder, taking the role of Terrmel Sledge, who was sent to the minors on Wednesday when the team called up pitcher Clay Hensley.
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