Axford tossed a scoreless inning in Oakland's 4-0 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday. Axford has been highly-efficient of late, allowing only four base-runners and striking out eight batters in his last 5.2 innings of work. During that time, he's lowered his ERA from 3.79 to 2.92 and his WHIP from 1.32 to 1.18. The 33-year-old veteran will look to keep it going as Oakland opens up a series with Cincinnati on Friday.
X-rays on Axford's left foot came back negative after being hit by a liner from Xander Bogaerts on Monday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Axford actually remained in the game to pitch a full inning where he gave up four earned runs on two hits. While there still may be lingering soreness, it doesn't appear that Axford will need a day off to rest his ailing foot.
Axford tossed 1.1 scoreless frames, allowing a hit and striking out one in the Athletics 7-3 victory over the Yankees on Thursday. He earned the hold. Axford has been dominant in the early going this season, giving up only six hits in nine innings while giving up no earned runs. The 33-year-old has a firm lockdown on seventh and eighth inning situations and he's leading the team in holds with four. The 6-5 righty, who also has two wins this year, will likely continue to serve as a late-inning relief option going forward.
Axford threw a scoreless frame on Thursday and has not allowed a run so far in four spring appearances. Axford, along with Ryan Madson and Liam Hendriks, is one of the setup men the A's acquired to help rebuild their terrible 2015 bullpen. Axford will likely be called upon in the sixth or seventh inning most often, but is likely behind Madson for saves if Sean Doolittle should falter or get hurt. Axford could provide some value for leagues that count holds, but is not likely to help in saves.
Axford signed with the Athletics on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Axford serves as the closer for the Rockies last season, notching 25 saves, his highest total since 2012. However, he posted a 4.20 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP with a 62:32 K:BB ratio in 55.2 innings. It's unclear as to what his role will be in Oakland, but he does have experience closing in addition to working before the ninth inning.