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Rockies RP Scott Oberg Placed on 10-Day IL With Blood Clot

DENVER, COLORADO - AUGUST 04: Pitcher Scott Oberg #45 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on August 04, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The Rockies will likely be without their closer for the remainder of the year as Scott Oberg is dealing with a serious medical condition. The closer is expected miss the rest of the season with a blood clot in his right arm.

Oberg knows as well as anybody that blood clots are no joke, having dealt with the same exact injury during the 2016 MLB season.

The Rockies are going with DJ Johnson from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill in the void, who has appeared in 14 games at the big league level this year.

Oberg has finished 18 out of the 49 games he's played this year with a career-best 2.25 ERA and 1.107 WHIP. He took over the closer role from a struggling Wade Davis, notching five saves on the season.

Oberg initially noticed his arm feeling "heavy" on Saturday. He alerted the medical staff before undergoing tests during which the blood clot was discovered.

Blood clots are an injury that need to be addressed immediately, so it's important that Oberg gets the medical attention he needs. Axillary artery thrombosis limited him to just 24 appearances in 2016, but the team will be hopeful that the 29-year-old can return to the mound next year.