The Giants have designated righty Mike Broadway for assignment, the club announced (h/t Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, on Twitter). His 40-man spot was needed to activate veteran reliever Sergio Romo, with righty Albert Suarez being demoted to free up an active roster spot.
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Broadway, 29, was one of many inexperienced arms to start the year on the San Francisco 40-man, but the team has faced multiple roster needs over the season’s first half. Over the last two years, he has thrown 22 2/3 major league frames, posting a 6.75 ERA with 6.8 K/9 against 3.2 BB/9. After averaging just over 95 mph with his heater last year, though, Broadway had lost two ticks in his brief time in the majors in 2016.
San Francisco will hope that Romo can return to being a quality set-up man after missing several months with a forearm injury. He figures to provide a much-needed boost — particularly if he can pitch anything like he did in 2015, when he ran up a 2.98 ERA that undersold his true value. Romo posted 11.2 K/9 against 1.6 BB/9 over 57 1/3 innings a season ago.