John Axford RP COL 2 hours 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 8 hours 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 4 days 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 5 days 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 week 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 2 weeks 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.
John Axford RP COL 3 weeks ago
Axford pitched a perfect tenth inning against Milwaukee on Wednesday, striking out one, to earn his first save of the season.
LaTroy Hawkins blew a save opportunity in the ninth, but Wilin Rosario put the team back on top with a solo shot the next half-inning and Axford closed the door. Axford missed time late in spring training due to a personal matter but appears to be a full-go moving forward. While Adam Ottavino seems like a slightly better speculative target for those chasing saves, Axford does have plenty of high-leverage experience and a below-average 32.3% flyball rate for his career.
John Axford RP COL 4 weeks ago
Axford hasn't been a full-time participant at the Rockies' spring camp for the last week after his two-year-old son, Jameson, was bitten twice in the foot by a rattlesnake, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Jameson remains under observation at a Phoenix-area hospital and is fortunately in stable condition, but the Rockies will give Axford all the time he needs to attend to the obviously concerning matter. Axford already solidified his roster spot early in camp, and is set to work as one of the primary setup men for closer LaTroy Hawkins this season. However, the right-hander's potential absence for Monday's opener against the Brewers may prompt the Rockies to keep Brooks Brown, Rafael Betancourt, or Scott Oberg around as a spare relief arm.
John Axford RP COL 2 months ago
Axford has had his contract picked up by the Rockies.
Axford could now compete with LaTroy Hawkins for the closer role and conceivably win if he impresses the Colorado brass. The key will be regaining the snap in his curveball or further developing the cutter he began using in 2014.
John Axford RP COL 3 months ago
Axford agreed to a minor league contract with the Rockies, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Axford was outrighted off of the Pirates' 40-man roster in November after 13 games with the club, posting a 4.09 ERA. He spent the majority of his 2014 season with the Indians, putting up a 3.92 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 43.2 innings. The 31-year-old will likely get a shot to make the big league club in spring training as a mid-inning option out of the bullpen.