Rockies Claim Josh Roenicke

The Rockies announced that they claimed right-hander Josh Roenicke from the Blue Jays and optioned him to Triple-A (Twitter link). They also confirmed that they claimed infielder Ryan Rohlinger from the Giants and optioned him to Triple-A.

The son of longtime big leaguer Gary Roenicke and the nephew of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, Josh has appeared in parts of three big league seasons. The 28-year-old has a 5.60 ERA with 9.7 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9 in 53 total innings for the Reds and Blue Jays. Acquired in the 2009 Scott Rolen trade, he had a 6.04 ERA with 8.1 K/9 and 6.0 BB/9 in 22 1/3 innings of relief for the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate in 2011.

Before the 2010 season, Baseball America ranked Roenicke seventh among Blue Jays prospects. The publication praised his mid-90s fastball and suggested he could become a big league closer.

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