With five major league seasons under his belt, Colorado Rockies pitcher Scott Oberg has demonstrated a rare resilience that was built through sustained physical hardship.
Oberg’s first taste of that was in 2010 when the Tewksbury, Mass., native was playing for UConn. At age 20, as a sophomore, Oberg suffered from joint pain that was so debilitating that it required him to use a cane simply to get out of bed.
He was subsequently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. Fortunately, medication was able to relieve him of his symptoms, and his baseball career was back on track.
However, a year later, Oberg suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Even so, the Colorado Rockies had seen enough to have faith in his future and drafted him in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB draft.