24-year-old right-hander Brian Broderick is a Rule 5 pick from the St. Louis Cardinals' organization who impressed enough in Spring Training that the Washington Nationals decided to keep him on the 25-Man Roster when the season began. After allowing 11 hits and six runs, four earned with two walks and six K's in 15.2 Spring innings pitched, Broderick got off to a rough start in his Major League career, allowing five hits, two walks and six earned runs combined in his first two outings, and in spite of settling in, Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman was reluctant to use the right-hander in pressure situations leaving the Nats effectively short-handed. The situation was remedied this morning when the Nationals announced that they had designated Broderick or assignment while recalling right-hander Cole Kimball from Triple-A Syracuse.
There was no word on what the future holds for Broderick included with the announcement, but as per the rules of the Rule 5 Draft, he'll have to be returned to St. Louis if the Nationals can't work out a deal with the Cardinals. The Nats called 25-year-old, hard-throwing right-hander Cole Kimball up to take Broderick's place on the roster. Kimball gave up just five hits and one run in six games and 8.0 innings pitched this Spring, walking three and striking out eight before the Nats sent him to Triple-A to start the season.
Kimball proceeded to throw 13.2 scoreless innings for the Chiefs, winning one and recording five saves with a .163 batting average against in 12 games for Syracuse. As the Nats' Official Press Release on the move noted, "During the last two seasons (2010-11), Kimball is 9-1 with 23 saves and a 1.85 ERA in 69 appearances with Syracuse, Double-A Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac. He has posted 11.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (115 K/92.1 IP) during that period." Kimball will be making his MLB debut when he makes his first appearance, after six seasons in the Nats' system following his selection in the 12th Round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.