Rockies claim Roenicke from Jays, Rohlinger from Giants

June 2, 2011 | 2:38 pm | 5  

The Colorado Rockies have claimed right-handed pitcher Josh Roenicke from 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.


  • rockymountainhigh | June 2, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    I am not so sure that it was a good idea to pick up two waiver claims leaving only one spot open. The 40th spot certainly goes to Aaron Cook next week. We would then need to DFA someone if we decide to bring up Rex Brothers. Is there a minimum time the waiver claim must stay on the 40-man before we can DFA him?

  • Steve Foster | June 2, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    De La Rosa will be moved to the 60-day DL when another spot is needed.

  • Julian | June 2, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    What happened with Amezaga? Did another team claim him? I had read (probably here) that if he wasn’t claimed, he would go back to CS. BTW, did another team claim Lopez?

  • Chris | June 2, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    Amezaga cleared waivers Thursday night. He will likely be heading to Colorado Springs sometime this weekend, likely when Roenicke and Rohlinger join the Sky Sox.

  • Michael | June 2, 2011 | 5:56 pm

    I’m sure the Red Sox, Yankees, Indians and Phillies are broken up over the Rockies stealing such great talent.

    Brother. Those guys can’t play. Stiffs.