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Brewers sticking with closer John Axford after rough start

Apr 4, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Brewers closer John Axford is off to a rough start, allowing three homers and a total of six hits in 11 plate appearances while working with decreased velocity.

Axford says he feels fine physically and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that the Brewers are unlikely to make any quick decisions about removing him as closer, but manager Ron Roenicke did sound a little worried when he said the right-hander’s velocity “was way down, so we’ll talk to him and see how he’s doing.”

McCalvy reports that Jim Henderson would be “Plan B” for the Brewers after racking up 45 strikeouts in 31 innings as a 29-year-old rookie last season, but it’s worth noting that Axford went through a rough patch last year–even losing the closer job briefly–and bounced back to convert 17 of his final 18 save chances with 30 strikeouts in 19 innings after mid-August.

  1. padraighansen - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    What’s the definition of insanity? The Brewers need to make a change, period – whether it’s giving the ball to Henderson, bringing one of the big arms up from the minors, or calling Boras and getting Valverde into Milwaukee.

    • professormaddog31 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      You know, I don’t think using Henderson would be a bad idea. He’s shown a lot more control than Ax has lately.

      Not sure how I feel about Badenhof but at this point, even half as good is better than twice as bad.

  2. missthemexpos - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Allowing 3 homers and 6 hits in 11 plate appearances is called a rough start, wow, that has to be the understatement of the day!

  3. unclemosesgreen - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    The Tigers and the Brew Crew continue to wait for the smoke signals from Brian Wilson’s chimney to change from “Just for Men Black” to “Got my slider back White.”

    Whoever loses out on the Beard gets to sign Valverde.

  4. djpostl - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Every time I see some flavor of the year closer go from being pretty damn good to not worth a bag of mulch in the blink of an eye I just appreciate what Rivera has done even more.

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