Oberg signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Rockies on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Oberg was one of the Rockies' top relievers in 2018, compiling a 2.45 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 57:12 K:BB in 58.2 innings of relief. Look for the right-hander to reprise his setup role in 2019.
Oberg was activated from paternity leave prior to Friday's game against the Braves, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Oberg will rejoin the active roster after missing the past couple games due to the birth of his child. Across 35 appearances this season, Oberg has logged a 3.12 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. In a corresponding move, Harrison Musgrave was optioned to the minors.
Oberg was placed on the paternity list Tuesday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Oberg will miss between one and three games while on the paternity list, so he'll be back with the Rockies for Friday's game against the Braves at the latest. Garrett Hampson was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Oberg's place on the roster.
Oberg picked up the win in relief Friday in the Rockies' 11-10 triumph over the Diamondbacks. He retired two of the three batters he faced and notched a strikeout. Oberg allowed an inherited runner to score on a two-out double by A.J. Pollock in the bottom of the sixth before inducing an inning-ending popout. The reliever then watched the Rockies offense rally for six runs in the top of the seventh to turn an 8-5 deficit into an 11-8 edge, allowing Oberg to raise his record to 5-0. While the five wins to go with a 2.89 ERA and 1.11 WHIP has kept Oberg's fantasy value higher than most other middle relievers this season, the randomness of those victories along with a poor 7.1 K/9 rate don't make him an especially appealing pickup, even in NL-only formats.
Oberg (back) was activated from the disabled list Wednesday, Nick Groke of The Athletic Denver reports. Oberg landed on the disabled list earlier this month, and he is ready to rejoin the big club after making two rehab appearances. Oberg has split his time between the majors and Triple-A this season and has an option remaining, so he will have to throw well to hold down his spot.