Oberg was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. After a string of five straight scoreless appearances, Oberg was knocked around for five earned runs over four innings in his two more recent outings. He may get another chance the next time the Rockies need a fresh arm, but there's little to see here from a fantasy perspective.
Oberg has been recalled by the Rockies, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. He'll serve as an extra arm in the bullpen, at least for the next few days, as Chris Rusin is positioned to replace Jordan Lyles in the rotation beginning Friday in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.
Oberg has lost the competition for one of the final two bullpen spots. Manager Walt Weiss indicated Saturday that Oberg would not make the 25-man roster, and now that has been finalized. Although the level was unannounced, it seems highly likely he will be sent to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he posted a 1.13 ERA and 2.00 WHIP with 11 strikeouts over eight innings last season.
Oberg is in the running for one of the final two roster spots, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. Left-hander Jason Gurka and outfielder Brandon Barnes are also competing for the final two roster spots. The right-hander was pitching well halfway through spring training and seemed to be in a good position for a bullpen spot, but then his ERA and WHIP ballooned to 12.38 and 2.75 respectively thanks to giving up three home runs (the very thing that plagued him last season). He'll have to prove that he can right his wrongs quickly if he wants to avoid being the odd man out in this competition.
Manager Walt Weiss said that Oberg is "in good position" for a spot in the Rockies bullpen, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. The 26-year-old's stats from last season look pretty bad, but he did post a 0.79 ERA in his last 14 appearances out of the bullpen and has only allowed one run in 4.1 innings this spring. He won't likely get to pitch in many high-leverage situations if he gives up as many home runs as he did last season (1.5 HR/9), but this is a nice vote of confidence for the right-hander going forward.
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