Nothing in Chris Narveson's baseball career has ever come easy.

He's fought his way through injury and 10 years of minor league baseball to keep the dream of a major-league career alive.

Just when the fruits of his labor were finally coming and Narveson was establishing himself in a big-league rotation, injury struck again. Now it's back to work again trying to prove himself.

The left-hander tore his rotator cuff on April 15 in Atlanta in just his second start of the season. Now, after a long rehab process, Narveson is back and ready to go.

"It was tough," Narveson said. "An injury at any time is really not good but at the beginning of the year is always the hardest because you end up sitting around and watching the games while you do your rehab and you'd rather be out there playing."

A highly touted prospect in St. Louis's system, Narveson's first setback came in 2002 when he needed Tommy John surgery as a 20-year-old pitching in Single A. After pitching in the Futures Game in 2003, Narveson was traded to Colorado in 2004 and then to Boston in 2005.

He struggled when in Triple A, and Narveson was waived and claimed back by the Cardinals. Finally getting his call-up to the big leagues at the end of 2006, Narveson appeared to be on the verge of breaking through.

But then another setback struck. An injury in his left shoulder limited him to just 12 games in 2007 and the Cardinals eventually let him walk as a minor-league free agent.

The Brewers took a chance and after one year of struggles in Triple A, Narveson got another crack in the majors and performed well out of the bullpen and in spot starts at the end of the year. He won a job in Milwaukee's bullpen in 2010 and eventually earned a spot in the rotation.