DENVER — The Colorado Rockies made a roster move Sunday morning, calling up right-handed reliever Josh Roenicke from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and making things a family affair for Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.
Roenicke is Desmond’s brother-in-law — as well as being the son of former Oriole Gary Roenicke and nephew of Brewers manager Ron — and Colorado is his third professional organization.
Roenicke, who was born in Baltimore and came up through the Cincinnati Reds system, was claimed off waivers by the Rockies from the Blue Jays on June 2. He hasn’t appeared in the major leagues this season, his last appearance coming on Sept. 28, 2010 against the New York Yankees.
This is absolutely taking connections further than anyone should, but technically, the man Roenicke replaced on the Rockies roster was Gary Reynolds — who replaced Juan Nicasio the day before. Nicasio, of course, was the Rockies pitcher who took Desmond’s line drive off his head Friday night and remains in the hospital recovering from surgery on his neck. Desmond was also the first batter Reynolds faced in a nightmare sixth inning Saturday night, though the shortstop ground out and was one of only three batters Reynolds retired in a four-run inning.
The conclusion to be drawn from this is that it’s a pretty quiet morning for the Nationals here in Denver.