Tewksbury's Scott Oberg Called To The Majors By Rockies
Apr 13, 2015 12:41PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Scott Oberg has been called to the Majors by the Colorado Rockies. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rockies Twitter account @Rockies .
After an up-and-down Spring Training, the former Tewksbury High and UConn standout started the season with the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League, the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
But on Sunday, Oberg was called up by the Rockies to take the place of righthanded reliever Josh Axford, who was placed on the family medical emergency list for 3-7 days. Axford's 2-year-old son was bitten by a rattlesnake last month in the backyard of the family's rental home during Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz. The toddler has been in the hospital ever since.
To make room for Oberg on the Rockies' 40-man roster, Charlie Culberson was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Oberg was in uniform Sunday in the Rockies' 6-5 loss to the Cubs, but didn't pitch. He'll be with the team starting tonight for its three-game series in San Francisco against the World Champion Giants. Game times are 4:35 p.m. Monday, 10:15 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Coming back off shoulder surgery, Oberg got off to a strong start this spring before a couple of rough outings derailed his bid to earn a roster spot. He pitched in eight spring training games, with eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. But he also gave up 12 hits and 11 earned runs.
With Albuquerque, Oberg appeared in one game, pitching one inning with two strikeouts. He allowed three hits but didn't give up a run.
Drafted in 2012, Oberg appeared in 25 game for Grand Rapids of the Class A Rookie Pioneer League, with 13 saves and a 2.33 ERA.
In 2013, with the Modesto Nuts of the full season Class A California League, Oberg appeared in 56 game, recording 33 saves and 61 strikeouts, with a gaudy 1.86 ERA. Opponents hit just .178 against him.
In 2014, following his first Spring Training with the Rockies, Oberg was promoted to the Tulsa of the Class AA Texas League. Once again, he was dominating opponents. In 25 games, he was 15-for-15 in save opportunities with 21 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.63.
Unfortunately, Oberg's season was cut short, when a twinge in his right shoulder led to arthroscopic surgery by Dr. Michael Joyce to clean out debris.
Fortunately for Oberg, his rehab has had no complications and his fastball is back in the mid-90s.