Toronto Blue Jays DFA Josh Roenicke, Opens Spot on 40-Man Roster for Lawrie?

Brad LeClairCorrespondent IJune 2, 2011

ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 12:  World Futures All-Star Brett Lawrie of the Milwaukee Brewers runs on the field during the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 the in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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On Thursday, the Toronto Blue Jays quietly designated relief pitcher Josh Roenicke for assignment, meaning he was removed from the Jays 40-man roster. A little later, the Colorado Rockies came in and scooped him up.

Roenicke, who was acquired by the Jays along with Edwin "E5" Encarnacion and top five Jays prospect Zach Stewart in exchange for Scott Rolen, had struggled to find his location while down in Las Vegas. He went 22.1 IP this year with 15 BB and a nasty 6.04 ERA out of the pen for the 51's.

He now moves on to play for the Rockies and will likely start in AAA Colorado Springs with the Sky Sox.

With this move, the Jays have cleared a spot on their 40-man roster which I believe will be used for Brett Lawrie.

Lawrie is absolutely crushing the ball in AAA leading the league in many offensive categories such as total bases (51), Runs (51), Hits (79), and Doubles (19).

Other than those stats, he's putting up an MVP-like performance in the Pacific Coast League hitting an incredible .354 with 15 home runs and 49 runs batted in (RBI), to go along with 11 stolen bases.

There may be a slight delay in his call-up as he has an injured hand that may force him to miss a few games, but it truly looks like the writing is on the wall when it comes to Brett Lawrie, and he should be up in the near future.