Prior to Sunday’s game, the Colorado Rockies announced a few transactions with regards to the bullpen.
The Rockies have announced the following transactions:— Rockies Club Information (@RockiesClubInfo) August 2, 2020
RHP Joe Harvey selected from Rockies’ alternate training site
RHP Scott Oberg transferred from 10-day IL to 45-day IL (blood clots in right arm)
RHP Wade Davis placed on 10-day IL (right shoulder strain)
The most troubling news surrounds Scott Oberg, who is experiencing blood clots in his right arm for the third time in his career. Oberg began the season on the 10-day Injured List with a lower back strain. Oberg has been the best relief pitcher on the Rockies over the past two seasons and was set to factor in as a primary setup option in 2020. When closer Wade Davis struggled in 2019, Oberg briefly took over in the role before the blood clot issue arose.
After posting a career-high 8.65 ERA in 2019, Davis has struggled out of the gate in 2020. In a particularly rough performance on Friday evening, Davis came on for the save against the San Diego Padres. In 2⁄3 of an inning, he allowed four runs, two home runs and two walks en route to a blown save and a loss. The hope of Oberg’s return was even more anticipated as it was a possibility he could have received save opportunities. It now appears Oberg will be lost for the season, while Davis will also be out for at least the next 10 days.
Tough day for #Rockies bullpen. Wade Davis goes on IL with right shoulder strain. Scott Oberg has more blood clots in right arm. Likely done for the season.— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) August 2, 2020
Jairo Díaz seems like the best bet to receive save opportunities at this time.
Joe Harvey, meanwhile, pitched 18 innings between the New York Yankees and the Rockies in 2019, collecting an ERA of 5.00. He has a solid minor league track record in New York’s system.