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Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he does not have a set eight-inning man at the moment.
John Axford had been setting up and looked to be on his way to getting his closer job back, but that went out the window after he was knocked around on Wednesday. "Right now, [Jim] Henderson will be the closer," Roenicke said, "but the other guys, we'll look at the lineups. What worked really well is when we figured out what lineup for Ax, what lineup fit the left-handers [Michael] Gonzalez and [Tom] Gorzelanny, and do it that way."
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John Axford surrendered four runs -- three earned -- in two-thirds of an inning to take a blown save and a loss in the eighth inning Wednesday against the Pirates.
Axford didn't get any breaks today. Starling Marte's game-tying two-run homer came on a 95-mph fastball just above his ankles, and Brandon Inge's go-ahead double was a soft liner that was placed perfectly in between first and second base (and then kicked into foul territory by Rickie Weeks). Axford has certainly been more bad than good this year, but he wasn't nearly as bad today as the line suggests. Still, it's certainly a big setback as far as his hopes of regaining the closer's role.
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John Axford experienced a little setback Saturday, giving up a solo homer to Andre Ethier in the eighth inning against the Dodgers.
Fortunately, he had a three-run lead at the time. Jim Henderson followed with a hitless ninth for the save. Axford's stumble tonight could well delay any plans to return him to the closer's role in the near future.
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When asked Wednesday what it would take for John Axford to get his closer job back, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke replied, "probably not much."
Axford has allowed two hits, walked none and struck out six in 5 1/3 scoreless innings over his last six appearances. Interim closer Jim Henderson has also pitched well, and Roenicke isn't ready to make a move just yet, but he could soon if Axford's turnaround continues. "I think right now, we're not going to flip 'Ax' back in the closer's role," said Roenicke. "I think Henderson is doing a nice job. But 'Ax,' the way he threw (Tuesday), he could win every ball game he went in if he throws that way. I was really impressed with him."
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John Axford worked a hitless eighth inning Tuesday for his fourth hold in his last five appearances.
Since taking his second loss on April 9, Axford has allowed two hits, walked none and struck out six in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. The Brewers probably won't return him to the closer's role right away, but it's unlikely that they've given up on him as a ninth-inning guy.
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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel expects John Axford to be removed as the Brewers' closer.
There still isn't anything official, but manager Ron Roenicke was noncommittal when asked if Axford would be used in a save situation against the Cubs. Axford has been an unmitigated disaster this season and can no longer be trusted in the closer role. Jim Henderson is the leading candidate to replace Axford and should be added in fantasy leagues where he's still available.
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John Axford gave up a game winning two-run homer in the 11th inning in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
It wasn't a save situation, but Axford continues to be an absolute disaster this season and has now given up four home runs in just three appearances. He allowed a leadoff double to Cliff Pennington before serving up a massive two-run shot to Eric Hinske to get the loss. The Brewers don't plan to make any changes in the closer role yet, but now is the time to stash Jim Herderson in fantasy leagues.