John Axford RP COL 8 hours ago

Axford gave up two hits but escaped without any runs allowed in the ninth inning to record his sixth save of the season in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with the Giants.

Axford has been flawless thus far since taking over closing duties, lowering his ERA to 0.90 with Saturday's scoreless outing. The Rockies' losing ways haven't provided Axford with an abundance of save opportunities, but he should generally prove reliable whenever he's called upon.

John Axford RP COL 4 days ago

Axford tossed a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Phillies to record his fifth save of the season.

Axford has experienced no turbulence thus far since taking over closing duties after Adam Ottavino required season-ending Tommy John surgery. He's a perfect 5-for-5 on save chances, and has held opposing batters to a .172 average while generating grounders on 59.1 percent of balls in play.

John Axford RP COL 1 week ago

Axford walked one and struck out one in the ninth Thursday against the Dodgers to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Axford is 4-for-4 now for the season, and it looks as though he's secured the closer role for the Rockies after Adam Ottavino (elbow) had his season ended.

John Axford RP COL 2 weeks ago

Axford should have a long-term hold on closing duties for the Rockies with Adam Ottavino (elbow) set to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Though Ottavino looked poised to emerge as one of the game's better closers this season on the heels of a dominant spring training and first few weeks of April, the Rockies will at least have a quality backup plan at their disposal in Axford, who has 119 career saves on his resume. While most of those came during his prime years in Milwaukee before he washed out with a few other organizations the last couple of seasons, he's seemed to rediscover some effectiveness with his move to the Mile High City. Axford has been limited to just six appearances this season, but has ridden his mid-90s fastball to more than a strikeout per inning, and is generating groundballs at an exceptional 64.3 percent clip. Assuming his teammates can create save opportunities for him at a decent rate, Axford should represent a relatively stable investment at closer in just about any format.

John Axford RP COL 4 weeks ago

Axford struck out one and allowed two hits during a scoreless ninth inning Monday night to earn his third save of the season.

Rafael Betancourt allowed an unearned run in the eighth, which should provide some clarity regarding the current pecking order for the Rockies in the bullpen. Axford needed 24 pitches to close out Monday's win, but he threw 17 strikes and generated both of his contact outs on the ground.

John Axford RP COL 4 weeks ago

Axford is the leading candidate to serve as the Rockies' closer after Adam Ottavino was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with right triceps inflammation, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

After LaTroy Hawkins was removed from closing duties earlier in the season, both Axford and Rafael Betancourt recorded saves before Ottavino ultimately claimed the role for himself prior to the injury. However, Axford has notched two saves to Betancourt's one, and probably offers the more overpowering repertoire of the two pitchers at this stage of their respective careers. While Axford seems an unlikely bet to rediscover the form that made him one of the game's most dominant end gamers for Milwaukee earlier in the decade, he should be able to maintain some level of effectiveness due to the increased ability to induce groundballs he showed in 2014, a trend that has carried over thus far this season. That attribute figures to serve him quite well in Coors Field, where fly ball pitchers have routinely struggled.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford pitched the ninth inning Thursday against San Diego, working around a walk and striking out two for his second save.

Adam Ottavino had pitched Wednesday, but he threw just 12 pitches, so it's odd to see Axford get the call in the ninth, but it looks like he'll continue buzzing around the fringes of save relevance whenever Ottavino struggles (which is almost guaranteed to happen, considering he plays half his games in Coors Field) or needs a night off.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford will be activated from the restricted list Wednesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

Axford was placed on the family medical emergency list last week but was transferred to the restricted list once his eligibility expired. It appears he's satisfied with the health of his two-year-old son at this point, as he'll rejoin the Rockies' bullpen Tuesday.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford (personal) was transferred to the restricted list by the Rockies on Sunday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

Axford was placed on the family medical emergency list last week, but after his eligibilty expired, the Rockies needed to make a different procedural move while he remains away from the team. The reliever has spent the last few weeks checking in on his two-year-old son, Jameson, who was bitten in the foot by a rattlesnake during spring training. He's able to return to the Rockies at any time, though the team hasn't provided an indication on when that might occur.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford was placed on the Family Medical Emergency List on Sunday, the Denver Post reports.

Axford is tending to an injury suffered by his 2-year-old son, and remains without a clear timetable to return. The team recalled right-hander Scott Oberg to serve as an extra bullpen arm until Axford is ready to rejoin the club.