The Colorado Rockies have an elite reliever and he has an incredible story
The following year, his elbow failed him during practice, prompting Tommy John surgery in 2011 before being drafted by the Rockies in the 15th round.
“They’ve had my back since day one,” Oberg said about the Rockies organization. “When it came to draft day, I only got two phone calls and they picked me when they did. I always felt like if I kept my nose clean and worked my butt off, I’d have a chance in this organization.”
It took Oberg just 108 appearances over three years to be big league ready and completely hit his stride, but just as September call-ups rolled around in 2014, he needed arthroscopic surgery to clean up his right shoulder.
“He’s always had things,” Adam Ottavino told Rox Pile. “Getting Tommy John in college and shoulder surgery in the minors and then the blood clots and constantly getting sent down. At some point, he let go of a lot and focused on things he could control and it’s paid off.”
That it has, Oberg has taken over as the Rockies seventh inning guy in front of Ottavino and Wade Davis.
“I’m grateful for the opportunities,” Oberg entailed. “For them to be able to show the trust and faith, allowing me to come into my own, it’s definitely something I take pride in. I recognize that I’ve gotten some more opportunities than some other guys. When I’m out there, I’m trying to capitalize.”