John Axford RP COL 4 days ago

Axford worked around two hits and struck out two batters to record a scoreless ninth inning and earn his 18th save in Wednesday's 6-3 victory over the Braves.

John Axford RP COL 5 days ago

Axford tossed a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation during Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Braves.

John Axford RP COL 2 weeks ago

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher John Axford was reinstated as the closer on Tuesday, according to MLB.com. Axford was removed from the role following four straight blown saves at the end of July, but manager Walt Weiss stated that he is looking like his former self after a string of successful outings.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford has been removed from the closer role, according to the Denver Post. Axford blew his fourth straight save Thursday, and the team appears set to use a committee in the ninth inning.

John Axford RP COL 2 months ago

Axford pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 16th save of the season in Friday's triumph over the Braves.

Axford was pitching for the fifth time in six games Friday, so it's possible he'll be rested Saturday if another save situation materializes. He hasn't faltered yet under the stress of the increased workload, as he lowered his ERA to 2.36 for the season with Friday's scoreless effort.

John Axford RP COL 2 months ago

Axford pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Braves and whiffed two batters to collect his 15th save of the season.

Axford took the loss a night earlier against the Angels after conceding a run on three hits and a walk over one inning, but he was able to quickly redeem himself. He showed impeccable mastery of the zone Thursday, with 10 of his 14 pitches going for strikes. Axford has suffered the occasional hiccup over the last month, but he's unquestionably been the Rockies' top reliever this season, as his 2.45 ERA would suggest.

John Axford RP COL 2 months ago

Axford worked around a pair of hits to throw a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Diamondbacks, earning his 14th save of the season.

After returning from a personal absence Saturday, the 32-year-old was called right back into action and was able to come through. Axford, now firmly entrenched as the Rockies' closer, has blown just one save on the season and has a 2.28 ERA.

John Axford RP COL 2 months ago

Axford (personal) was activated from the temporary inactive list Saturday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Axford has been away from the team since Tuesday tending to a personal concern, but his return signals the return of the Rockies' closer. If he takes the mound Saturday in Arizona, the outing would mark his first since June 25, when he locked down his 13th save of the season.

John Axford RP COL 2 months ago

Axford (personal) has returned to the Rockies, but has not been formally activated from the , Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Axford went on the list Tuesday, but his absence from the team could be a relatively short one. He's not listed on the lineup card, so he likely won't officially rejoin the team Friday, but it's unclear whether or not he's just visiting the team or could be activated within the next few days.

John Axford RP COL 2 months ago

Axford (personal) was placed on the temporary inactive list Tuesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

He was conspicuous by his absence from Tuesday's lineup card, and the team later made his placement on the inactive list official. It's uncertain when exactly Axford may return to the Rockies, but it looks like this will open the door for LaTroy Hawkins to return to the closer role for a few days. Yohan Flande and Justin Miller were added to the bullpen, with Christian Bergman (shoulder) also deactivated.