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The Reds optioned Axelrod to Triple-A Louisville on Monday.

Axelrod was on the fringe of the Reds' rotation battle, but with good performances this spring from Jason Marquis, Paul Maholm, Tony Cingrani and Anthony DeSclafani, Axelrod didn't have much of a chance.

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Axelrod is likely done for the season, the Associated Press reports.

This should come as no surprise after he left his last start with a strained right oblique, which often take a few weeks or more for pitchers to return from. Those in single-season leagues can feel comfortable dropping Axelrod at this point.

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Axelrod left Monday's start against the Cardinals with a strained right oblique, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Axelrod hasn't officially been ruled out from making his next scheduled start Saturday against the Brewers, but because oblique injuries often result in medium- to long-term absences for pitchers, his chances of taking the ball don't look especially promising. He was replaced in the first inning of Monday's start by David Holmberg, who would seem to be the Reds' top option to step into the rotation for Axelrod if he's indeed unavailable for his next turn.

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Axelrod was pulled from Monday's start against the Cardinals in the first inning due to an undisclosed injury, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Axelrod lasted just seven pitches and recorded one out before he left the mound. A report on Axelrod's condition should be relayed after the game, but his early removal is an ominous sign for what was shaping up to be a two-start week. Fortunately for the Reds, the September roster expansion should leave the team will plenty of arms available out of the bullpen to cover the remaining 8.2 innings of Monday's game.

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Axelrod allowed four runs on five hits over six innings in a losing effort against the Orioles on Wednesday.

The open audition continues for the 29-year-old, who struck out four and did not walk a batter during Wednesday's start. With a two-start week on tap, owners scrambling for extra strikeouts and wins may stream Axelrod with a Monday start against St. Louis before a September 14 turn in Milwaukee against the Brewers.

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Axelrod was solid again Thursday against the Cubs in his second start with the Reds, throwing five scoreless innings while striking out eight, walking three (one intentional) and allowing just two hits.

Axelrod is going to get an extended trial for the remainder of the season from the Reds. While his chances of locking down a 2015 rotation spot might not be great, a good showing might encourage the Reds to trade a starter in return for a badly needed improvement in left field.

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Axelrod will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start Thursday against the Cubs, MLB.com reports.

The Reds will turn back to Axelrod after David Holmberg flopped in his spot start last week, and it sounds like Axelrod will remain in Homer Bailey's rotation spot, with manager Bryan Price saying he intends to "get a good look" at the right-hander over the rest of the season. Bailey remains shut down with a small tear in his right flexor mass tendon. The 29-year-old Axelrod turned in a quality outing in his Reds debut Aug. 17 and gave up just two runs on four hits over seven innings in his last start for Louisville.

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that Axelrod will likely be recalled to make another start, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Daniel Corcino was recalled to replace David Holmberg on the active roster, but it sounds like Corcino will work exclusively out of the bullpen while up. Axelrod turned in a quality outing in a spot start last weekend, with two runs allowed over six innings against Colorado, and he may very well stick in the rotation until Homer Bailey (elbow) returns.

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Axelrod was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports.

He logged a quality start with seven strikeouts in his Reds debut Sunday, but it was accepted that this might be a one-time deal for Axelrod. The Reds' next opening in the rotation is Thursday, for which Axelrod won't be available, so it's hard to say when he could be called again to take the ball for the big league club.

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Axelrod turned in a commendable performance in his Reds debut, allowing two runs over six innings on seven hits and a walk, striking out seven.

Axelrod was in line for the win before the Reds bullpen completely fell apart (a theme for the doubleheader for the Reds). He was a little fortunate in that he allowed two homers, but both were with the bases empty.