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Giants calling up Michael Broadway, Hunter Pence going on DL

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Pence's wrist didn't improve as well as hoped, so the Giants called up a hard-throwing reliever who has been dominating the Pacific Coast League.

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The bad news: According to Ken Rosenthal, Hunter Pence is going on the DL with wrist tendinitis indirectly related to his broken bone from the spring. The move is retroactive to June 2, which means he can come off in four days. The see-if-it-gets-better gambit didn't work this time, but it will one of the next three dozen.

The good news: We get a new player to watch! Michael Broadway is getting the call, according to Ken Rosenthal, and the right-handed reliever should be a gas to watch.

That was a pun. But I also enjoy the offspeed pitch at the end.

The 28-year-old Broadway throws in the mid- to upper-90s, and has pitched in 11 minor league seasons. He was signed as a minor-league free agent in the previous offseason, but he missed most of 2014 because of a shoulder injury. If you want a nice feature on him, the Sacramento Bee has you covered, including a crazy story about a pre-surgery power outage that change his career.

Broadway has struck out 39 in 26⅔ innings this year, walking just six without allowing a home run. He's earned this here call-up. NOW DON'T MESS IT UP no pressure.

No news on who was removed from the 40-man roster to make room, but Juan Perez probably shouldn't answer his phone today. There's also the chance that the Giants move someone recovering from injury, like Derek Law, to the 60-day DL. Edit: The Giants had room on the 40-man already. My mistake.

Hopefully Pence will be back soon, but until then, here's a shiny new toy. Welcome, Mike Broadway. Strike some fools out.