Broadway was sent to the Nationals' minor league camp Friday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. He had no real chance of breaking camp on the big league roster. Broadway spent the last two seasons as a depth arm for the Giants, struggling in 22.2 innings across various brief big league stints, and he'll fill a similar role for Washington in 2017.
Broadway signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals on Monday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports. Broadway will return to the Nationals organization, who he spent the 2013 season with, and will likely provide bullpen depth in the minors during 2017. The 29-year-old posted a 3.94 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 29.2 innings with the Giants' affiliate at Sacramento in 2016.
Broadway was designated for assignment on Monday. Broadway hasn't pitched for the Giants since April, and although he owns a 3.94 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, it seems as if the Giants don't have plans to utilize the 29-year-old any time soon.
Broadway was optioned back to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, Chris Haft of MLB.com reports. The Giants called up right-hander Vin Mazzaro on Saturday, so Broadway will return to Sacramento to clear a spot on the 25-man roster. The organization also waived Ian Gardeck to make room on the 40-man roster for Mazzaro.
Broadway was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. With George Kontos heading to the DL and Chris Heston being sent to the minors, Broadway will come up in a corresponding move. He's struggled a bit in the early going with a 5.40 ERA in four minor league appearances and will likely occupy a lower-leverage role in the Giants bullpen.
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