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66 John Axford RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/220 | Birthdate: 4/1/1983 | Birthplace: Simcoe, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Colorado | College: Canisius | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 42/33 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rockies' John Axford converts fifth save of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Rockies closer John Axford needed 11 pitches to retire the side in order to close out a 6-5 victory over the Phillies at home on Tuesday. Axford has converted all five of his save chances, with a 1.13 ERA and 7:4 K:BB ratio over eight innings of relief this season.

Rockies closer John Axford picks up save No. 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Rockies closer John Axford struck out one, worked his way around a walk and did not allow a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 5-4 victory and the save over the Dodgers on Thursday.

Axford has converted all four of his save chances, with a 1.29 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 7:4 K:BB ratio over seven innings pitched this season.


Ottavino seeking opinions; Axford, Betancourt could close for Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rockies closer Adam Ottavino, who could be facing Tommy John surgery, is expected to receive "another opinion or two" on his injured right elbow, manager Walt Weiss told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday.

"Tough news for us and tough news for Adam, we still are getting another opinion or two, but doesn't look great," Weiss said.

Ottavino was placed on the 15-day DL last week with a right triceps injury. Weiss indicated that John Axford and Rafael Betancourt are two options for the Rockies in the ninth inning in Ottavino's absence.

"We have Axford and he's closed a lot of games in this league," Weiss said. "We still have Betancourt as well"


Rockies to decide on Adam Ottavino's elbow on Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Rockies closer Adam Ottavino will meet with the team's medical director on Monday, to learn the treatment plan for his triceps and elbow injury. 

Ottavino is on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed tricepts tendon, but an MRI last week showed the inflammation continues into the elbow, raising the concern that Tommy John surgery may be required. 

"Nobody has said anything concretely about anything," Ottavino said, per MLB.com. "Until you are evaluated by a doctor … Those are the people who make those calls."

John Axford is filling in as closer. He has three saves and hasn't allowed a run, although with the Rockies in the midst of a five-game losing streak, he hasn't taken the mound since April 27.


Rockies P John Axford holds on to save against Diamondbacks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Rockies closer John Axford held on for a save in Monday night's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Axford entered the game in the ninth inning and gave up two hits, putting one batter on third. However, Axford was able to get through the inning without giving up a run and preserving the save. 

This is Axford's third save of the season. 


Rockies place Adam Ottavino on DL, activate David Hale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Rockies placed closer Adam Ottavino on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to right triceps inflammation, the team announced.

Ottavino has been brilliant over the first three weeks of the season, giving up just three hits and two walks in 10 scoreless innings while striking out 13 and recording three saves. Rockies reliever John Axford picked up a save Thursday and could be in line for more ninth-inning work in the wake of Ottavino's injury.

The team reinstated pitcher David Hale from the 15-day disabled list Monday and optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque. He opened the season on the disabled list due to an oblique injury.

To take Ottavino's spot on the active roster, the team recalled pitcher Jorge Rondon from Albuquerque.


Rockies reliever John Axford nails down second save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Getting a rare chance to nail down a victory, Rockies right-hander John Axford did just that Thursday against visiting San Diego.

Axford walked Yonder Alonso with one out, but struck out Will Venable and Alexi Amarista to make the one-run lead stand up and earn his second save.

He was subbing Thursday for closer Adam Ottavino, who has given up just one hit in 8 1/3 shutout innings this year, but was given the day off by Walt Weiss.

"I wanted to stay off Otto," Weiss told the Denver Post.


Rockies P John Axford moved to restricted list, now day to day


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) With Rockies pitcher John Axford's family medical emergency leave expiring on Sunday, the team has moved him to the restricted list, reports the Denver Post.

The move allows the Rockies to bring Axford back any day.

Axford has pitched in one inning so far this season.


Rockies P John Axford (personal) may need longer medical leave


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) With Rockies pitcher John Axford's family medical emergency leave set to expire Sunday, manager Walt Weiss indicated Axford could need the leave extended beyond Sunday, reports MLB.com.

"That's something we have to deal with through the Commissioner's office if we felt it [an extension] is needed," Weiss said. "I'm still not sure on that yet."

Axford is on the family medical emergency leave after his son was bit by a rattle snake during spring training.


Rockies' LaTroy Hawkins removed from closer role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Monday that pitcher LaTroy Hawkins will get "a break" from closing duties, the Denver Post reports.

"We have decided to give 'Hawk a break in that role," manager Walt Weiss said before Monday's game. "We're just trying to give him a little bit of a breather for the time being."

Rafael Betancourt will be in line to get a save opportunity Monday if needed, but the team could also use Adam Ottavino, John Axford or Boone Logan in the role. Ottavino, who the manager cited specifically as one player who would be used in the role, is likely unavailable Monday after pitching Saturday and Sunday but has racked up seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and one walk.

Axford was signed this offseason as potential insurance in the ninth inning, but he's away from the team due to a family medical emergency. Logan has tossed three perfect innings in three appearaces.


Rockies move RP John Axford (family leave) off active roster


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/12/2015) The Rockies announced Sunday that they have moved reliever John Axford off their active roster as he deals with a family issue, replacing him with pitcher Scott Oberg, per the Denver Post

Axford's 2-year-old son was bitten by a rattlesnake in Arizona during spring training, and complications have caused the boy to need to be flown to a specialist in Colorado. Axford, who picked up a save Thursday, will miss a minimun of three games and a maximum of seven games. 

To make room for Oberg, the Rockies moved Charlie Culberson to the 60-day disabled list. 


Rockies P John Axford earns the save against the Brewers


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Rockies pitcher John Axford earned his first save of the season in the team's 5-4 win over the Brewers. 

Axford, who entered the game due to a blown-save opportunity by closer LaTroy Hawkins, finished off the game by striking out one batter and did not give up a hit during his time on the mound.


Rockies' Axford sees first game action since rattlesnake incident


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Rockies pitcher John Axford returned to action and threw 12 pitches, including eight strikes in an inning of work in a Triple-A game against the Diamondbacks, according to MLB.com. Axford was away from the for nearly a week after his son was bitten by a rattlesnake in Arizona during spring training.

Rockies' John Axford out since Wednesday after son injured


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Rockies pitcher John Axford left camp last Wednesday, after his son was bitten by a rattlesnake, per MLB.com.

The two and a half year old was in danger of losing his foot, but his condition has improved and doctors believe the foot will be saved.

Axford has played catch and threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, but it's not sure when he'll return to game action.


Rockies purchase contract of pitcher John Axford


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) The Rockies purchased the contract of pitcher John Axford on Sunday, the team announced.

Axford was signed to a minor-league contract during the offseason, but the move places Axford on the MLB roster.


Rockies sign pitcher John Axford to minor-league contract


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) The Rockies signed pitcher John Axford to a minor-league contract Monday, according to the team's transaction page.

The deal includes an invite to spring training and a $2.6 million base salary, which could esclate if he reaches certain incentives, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

In 2014, Axford went 2-4 over 54 2/3 innings with a 3.95 ERA.


Report: John Axford drawing interest from Reds, four other teams


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Reds have interest in signing free agent reliever John Axford, a source told MLB.com. However, no deal is close and the right-hander is believed to be drawing interest from four other teams.

The former Brewers closer spent the 2014 season with the Indians and Pirates, going 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA and 10 saves in 62 appearances.


Pirates DFA John Axford, Jeanmar Gomez


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2014) The Pirates designated two relievers for assignment Saturday, removing pitchers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez from the 40-man roster.

The moves clear spots for Justin Sellers, who was acquired via trade Saturday, and Charlie Morton, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list. Axford posted a 4.09 ERA and 12:6 K:BB ratio in 11 innings after being acquired in a trade from the Indians in mid-August. Gomez posted a 3.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 38:23 K:BB ratio in 62 innings.


John Axford takes loss vs. Reds Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Pirates pitcher John Axford was hung with a loss Saturday, allowing three earned runs on one hit and two walks in one-third of an inning in his team's 10-6 walkoff defeat against the Reds.

Axford (2-4) loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th inning before being removed from the game, and the next pitcher in surrendered a walkoff grand slam to hand the Pirates a loss. Axford owns a 3.95 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 63:36 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings.


Pirates pick up John Axford


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) The Pirates have acquired John Axford from the Indians, according to FoxSports.com

Axford joined Cleveland during the offseason. He posted a 3.92 ERA over 43 2/3 innings with the club. Axford will likely be a setup man for Pittsburgh.


John Axford picks up five-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Indians pitcher John Axford faced four batters and recorded the last five outs of Monday's 7-1 win over the Reds for the save. It was his first save since May 3.

Axford allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He owns a 3.14 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 43 innings of relief.


John Axford can't get out of jam for save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) The Indians called on John Axford to close out Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, after Bryan Shaw faltered in the 11th inning.

With the Indians up 8-7 with one out in the 11th inning, Axford entered the game with the tying run on third. He could not pitch himself out of the jam unscathed, as he allowed the first batter he faced to tie it with a single.

Axford would eventually extended the game, but not before making it interesting. He loaded the bases on an intentional walk before striking out the Diamondbacks' No. 3 and 4 hitters consecutively to end the threat.

Axford has been working away from the closer's role for a while, after struggling mightily early in the season. He has a 3.82 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 24 walks in 30 2/3 innings on the season. 


John Axford gets the win Saturday in Boston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Indians pitcher John Axford pitched a scoreless inning and was awarded the win Saturday afternoon against the Red Sox in Boston. Axford permitted one walk and struck out one in a scoreless inning of work. He owns a 3.21 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 28 innings of relief. 

Terry Francona: I'm still tinkering with closer spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Terry Francona said Saturday that the goal remains to work deposed Indians closer John Axford back into that role, per MLB.com. He added that others are performing better in the ninth inning at this time.

He is likely referring specifically to Cody Allen, who has thrived as a closer in recent weeks. Allen has nailed down his last four save opportunities without giving up a hit and walking just one. Francona is still claiming a closer-by-committee approach, but Allen has been used in all save situations of late.

Axford has bounced back as a short reliever after getting bounced out as closer. He has surrendered just one earned run in his last 10 appearances.


John Axford itching to close again


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/3/2014) Indians pitcher John Axford wants to retake the closer's job he lost May 9, but it's unclear when that might happen, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Indians are doing well with a committee approach featuring Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski and Scott Atchison.

Axford converted nine of 11 saves before losing the job. In his last three appearances, Axford has pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and no walks, a vast improvement over his early wildness. 

"I feel great," Axford told the paper. "I feel calm. I feel relaxed. I feel like I have more control of myself out there. I'm a long guy (6-5) and I can get a lot of arms and legs going. If I can maintain it and keep those things under wraps and focused, the better I'll be."