According to the Colorado Rockies PR team, the Rockies will send their closer Scott Oberg to the 10-day injured list.
The Colorado Rockies announced a few minutes ago that they will send their closer, Scott Oberg, to the 10-day injured list with axillary artery thrombosis in his right arm, which is also known as a blood clot.
In a corresponding move, the Rockies have recalled reliever DJ Johnson up from Triple-A Albuquerque.
"“His arm felt heavy. It just didn’t feel normal so he was alarmed,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “In simplest terms, blood clot in the arm, had it dissolved and from what happens today moving forward, I’ll be kept abreast of what happens. That’s as far as I know.”"
Black said he has been texting with Oberg, who remained in the hospital last night after having the clot dissolved, and he seemed to be in good spirits.
Oberg, 29, has had issues with blood clots before, as far back as 2016 for the Rockies and even before his professional MLB career, as Rox Pile’s Jake Shapiro discussed in this article from last year. That particularly time, he was placed on what was then called the 15-day disabled list in mid-August and he missed the rest of the season.
With the procedure, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post believes Oberg’s 2019 season is over.
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He has pitched to a 2.25 ERA in 49 games with five saves. He became the Rockies closer at the beginning of August due to the ineffectiveness of former closer Wade Davis. Davis will resume closer duties with Oberg going to the IL, at least in the interim per Rockies manager Bud Black.
Johnson, 29, made his first MLB Opening Day roster this season for the Rockies but due to massive struggles, he has spent most of the season with Albuquerque. In the majors, Johnson pitched to a 9.26 ERA in 14 appearances, the last of which came on May 7 against the Giants at Coors Field.
For the Isotopes, he has appeared in 37 games and pitched to a 5.89 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Down there, he has had a WHIP of 1.647, allowed 11.8 hits per nine innings, 1.6 HR/9, 3.0 BB/9, and 12.2 K/9.