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Posted at 07:38 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Nationals return Rule 5 pick Brian Broderick to Cardinals

Ten days after the Nationals designated Rule 5 pick Brian Broderick for assignment, the Cardinals accepted him back, sending the Nationals $25,000 in return.

The Nationals drafted Broderick, 24, in the second round of the Rule 5 draft in December after the Cardinals, for whom he had never pitched above Class AA, had left him unprotected. Broderick was a surprise in spring training and made the Nationals as a reliever, only to post a 6.57 ERA in 12 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, the Nationals will not face a decision on their other Rule 5 pick for some time: fireballing reliever Elvin Ramirez, chosen off the New York Mets’ roster, underwent shoulder surgery earlier this season and is out for the year.

Ramirez, on the 60-day disabled list since opening day, will remain with the Nationals all offseason if they so chose. Next year, Rule 5 rules dictate Ramirez will have to be active – on the 25-man roster and not on the disabled list – for at least two months in order for the Nationals to gain unfettered control of his rights.

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