Axford is dealing with significant structural damage in his elbow and won't pitch again in 2021, Adam McCalvy of reports.

Axford made his first major-league appearance since 2018 against the Pirates on Monday, but he was forced to exit the outing. The 38-year-old underwent an MRI that revealed his diagnosis, and he's currently evaluating his treatment options. However, he won't be cleared to pitch again until at least sometime in 2022.

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