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Nats send Brian Broderick back to Cardinals

The Nationals have returned Rule 5 draftee Brian Broderick, 24, to the Cardinals after a brief and unspectacular stay in the majors.

Broderick was 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA in 11 games with Washington. He allowed 16 hits and three walks in 12 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals paid the Nationals $25,000 to get the 6-foot-6 righty back. He was 11-2 with a 2.77 ERA last season with Class AA Springfield. He struck out 55 while walking 14 in 100 2/3 innings pitched. Throw in his three 2010 victories for Advanced Class A Palm Beach and Broderick had the most wins amongst Cardinals minor leaguers.

A 21st round pick in the 2007 draft, Broderick is known for throwing a 90 MPH power sinker which scouts describe as "bat breaker." He seems to be the dictionary definition of a Cardinals pitcher. So I'm more than a little surprised the Cardinals let him go in the first place.