'It's been a long road back for him'

'It's been a long road back for him'


'It's been a long road back for him'


Roberson alum Chris Narveson.

Roberson alum Chris Narveson.

Roberson alum Chris Narveson’s return to Major League Baseball may be one of the best sports stories of 2015 in Western North Carolina.

The 33-year-old was on the mound Wednesday in Miami – Narveson pitched 3.2 scoreless innings of relief in a 8-6 loss to the National League East-leading New York Mets.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has more on Narveson’s return:

“Baseball is a grueling game. It doesn’t owe us anything. I think you just have to appreciate that,” Narveson said Thursday with the perspective of a 33-year-old. “I learned from a lot of the veterans, a lot of the guys that I played with on other teams to never give up and never stop working. Because you don’t know what can happen and you don’t know when the last day playing this game can be.”

Narveson doesn’t know how long he’ll stick around this time on a pitching staff that has been in constant flux. But he made an impression in his Marlins debut by providing much-needed relief to a beleaguered bullpen after David Phelps gave up seven runs early. He did it efficiently, allowing only two hits and no walks while striking out four on 44 pitches, 29 for strikes.

Former Milwaukee Brewers teammate Casey McGehee had this to say about Narveson later in the story:

“It’s been a long road back for him.”

For more on this story, go here.

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