John Axford RP COL 1 day 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford is not on the lineup card for Tuesday's game against the A's, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

Yohan Flande has joined the team with Axford deactivated for undisclosed reasons. Look for another update when the team provides additional information. LaTroy Hawkins has posted a 1.35 ERA in June and would seem like the top candidate to fill in as closer.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford was able to snuff out a potential ninth-inning rally by the Diamondbacks on Thursday en route to recording his 13th save.

A day after blowing his first save of the season, Axford looked like he was about to give away another game Thursday, though it largely wasn't his fault. The Rockies entered the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead, but after Boone Logan allowed the first two runners to reach base, Axford was called upon to put out the fire. After inducing a run-scoring groundout, Axford gave up a single and allowed another runner to score on a sacrifice fly, but would finally strike out Yasmany Tomas to extinguish the threat. Axford has shown some shakiness of late, but with few other intriguing options in the Rockies' bullpen, his hold on the closing gig remains firm.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford gave up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one in a blown save against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Axford blew the save for the first time in 13 chances this season. His ERA and WHIP ballooned up to 2.53 and 1.22, respectively, but his role as the closer should still be secure.