Rockies claim Roenicke from Jays, Rohlinger from Giants
The Colorado Rockies have claimed right-handed pitcherfrom the Toronto Blue Jays and infielder Ryan Rohlinger from the San Francisco Giants off waivers and optioned both players to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Roenicke, 27, is 1-0 with a 5.60 ERA in parts of three major league seasons with the Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds. At Triple-A Las Vegas in 2011, he is 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA. Roenicke, a 10th-round pick in 2006 by the Reds, was rated the seventh-best prospect in the Blue Jays system before the 2010 season by Baseball America and was regarded as a potential closer.
Roenicke’s father, Gary, is a former outfielder who played in the big leagues from 1976-1988, mostly with the Orioles and is a major league scout for the Orioles.
Rohlinger, 27, has hit .134 in 67 major league at-bats, including 0-for-1 this season with the Giants. With Triple-A Fresno this season, Rohlinger is hitting .174 with five home runs and 16 RBI.
The additions will provide depth at Triple-A Colorado Springs after recent promotions to the Rockies. Both players were placed on the 40-man roster, which now stands at 39 players.