Russell Branyan, the journeyman third baseman signed by Jack Zduriencik and turned into a first baseman by Don Wakamatsu, turned in the best season of his career.
Now, officially, that season is over.
“If I’m not feeling 100 per cent, it doesn’t make sense to try to force it and play again,” Branyan said today. “I’ve swung the bat and my back feels pretty good, but I haven’t taken a ground ball yet. I haven’t really run hard yet.
“I tried to rush it back, but it’s not looking like I can finish the season on the field. If I …