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March 22, 2020 10:28 PM
John Axford: Healthy again, still wants to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford said Wednesday he feels fully healthy again after undergoing surgery in August to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, the Canadian Press reports. "I didn't know what to expect [after the surgery] but I worked really hard and diligently and followed protocol," the free-agent pitcher said. "I really felt ready to go for spring training, knowing that if I signed with a team I'd have to make with that team."

While he was attending camp last season with the Blue Jays as a non-roster invitee, Axford developed a stress reaction in his elbow that kept him sidelined until late July, when he was cleared to begin a rehab program. He suffered a setback with the elbow soon thereafter, however, resulting in season-ending surgery. Now healthy again, Axford isn't ready to hang up his cleats, but the soon-to-be 37-year-old will likely need to settle for a minor-league deal if he wants to keep his career going.

August 10, 2019 12:12 PM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Undergoes season-ending surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford had surgery to remove a bone spur in his throwing elbow and is expected to be ready for spring training, Alexis Brudnicki of reports.

The surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews, will battle a reoccurrence of a chronic stress reaction he has been dealing with. He will be a free agent this offseason and it may be difficult for him to get a deal until he is able to throw off a mound.

August 8, 2019 05:00 PM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Suffers setback
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (elbow) suffered a setback and will not join Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.

Specifics regarding the setback are not yet known, but it could help explain why Axford hasn't made a rehab appearance since tossing a scoreless inning for Toronto's Gulf Coast League team near the end of July. The Blue Jays are currently trying to determine the next steps for the veteran reliever, who has been sidelined all season with a stress reaction in his elbow.

August 8, 2019 04:36 PM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Moves rehab to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (elbow) will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.

Axford will move his rehab to the highest level of the minors after throwing a scoreless inning for Toronto's Gulf Coast League team. The veteran reliever has been on the shelf all season with a stress reaction in his elbow.

July 23, 2019 06:08 PM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Nearing rehab stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (elbow) has been throwing off a mound and will be re-evaluated later in the week to determine if he's ready for a rehab assignment, Arden Zwelling of reports.

Axford has yet to pitch this season due to a stress reaction in his right elbow, but he appears to be inching towards a return. Even if he's cleared to embark on a rehab stint later in the week, he'll likely need a lengthy stay in the minors to get his arm back in shape.

June 29, 2019 03:32 PM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Throwing long toss without issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (elbow) is throwing long toss without issue, Alexis Brudnicki of reports.

Axford has been ramping up his throwing program this month, and it seems everything is going to plan so far. His next step will be throwing from a mound, but it remains to be seen when that will happen.

June 15, 2019 04:04 PM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Throws from 90 feet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (elbow) has advanced his throwing progression and is throwing from 90 feet without issues, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.

Axford hasn't pitched all season due to a stress reaction in his elbow. He's progressing toward a return to action, though it's not clear when the Blue Jays expect him to begin a rehab assignment.

March 25, 2019 11:32 AM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Ends up back in Toronto
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (elbow) re-signed with the Blue Jays on a minor-league deal Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.

Reports suggested that such a move was coming soon after Axford was released Saturday, and the veteran will indeed be able to return to his hometown team. The release and re-signing allowed the Blue Jays to avoid paying the reliever a retention bonus, Brandon Warne of reports, but Axford was evidently happy enough to stay home despite that treatment. He's currently rehabbing from a stress reaction in his elbow and does not have a clear return date.

March 24, 2019 02:32 PM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Expected to re-sign with Blue Jays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (elbow) is expected to re-sign with the Blue Jays, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Axford was released by the Blue Jays earlier in the week after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his elbow. It's unclear how long the veteran will be sidelined; he'll continue to rehab with his hometown team until he's ready for game action.

March 24, 2019 04:44 PM
John Axford: Released by Blue Jays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (elbow) was released by the Blue Jays on Saturday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

It's been a rough few days for Axford, who was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his elbow Thursday and now released just two days later. The injury could make it difficult for him to secure his next contract.

March 21, 2019 10:12 AM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Has stress reaction in elbow
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford has a stress reaction in the olecranon of his right elbow, Shi Davidi of reports.

Axford has been with the Blue Jays as a non-roster invitee, but he'll have to wait for his chance to crack the big-league roster. His exact timeline is unclear, but he's expected to open the year on the injured list.

March 20, 2019 11:28 AM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Nursing elbow injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Charlie Montoyo said that Axford experienced elbow pain earlier this week and will be checked out by doctors Wednesday, Shi Davidi of reports.

Axford has been attending spring training as a non-roster invitee, but he was seemingly in good position to break camp as a member of the big-league bullpen. The injury suddenly puts him on shakier ground to crack the Opening Day roster, but the Blue Jays will await analysis of Axford's health from doctors before revealing whether he's merely day-to-day or dealing with a longer-term setback.

February 14, 2019 12:20 PM
Blue Jays' John Axford: Back with Blue Jays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto reports.

Axford is back in Toronto, where he opened the 2018 campaign before being traded to the Dodgers in July. The veteran reliever posted a 4.41 ERA and 8.8 K/9 across 51 innings with the Blue Jays last season. Axford figures to have a good shot at winning an Opening Day relief role with Toronto.

September 17, 2018 07:13 PM
Dodgers' John Axford: Slated to return Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (leg) expects to be activated from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Monday's series opener against the Rockies, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Axford has been out since mid-August with a fractured right fibula. The veteran right-hander, who struggled to a 5.13 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 54.1 innings prior to suffering the injury, figures to fill a middle-relief role for the Dodgers down the stretch.

September 14, 2018 04:32 PM
Dodgers' John Axford: Starts rehab assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (leg) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

This will mark Axford's first time back on a mound in a live game since Aug. 12. He's spent the last month on the disabled list due to a fractured right fibula. The right-hander should be able to return to the big-league bullpen at some point next week as long as all goes according to plan.

September 1, 2018 01:12 PM
Dodgers' John Axford: Walking without crutches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford (leg) was able to walk around the Dodgers' clubhouse without the aid of crutches Friday, the Associated Press reports.

The right-hander, who has been sidelined since Aug. 12 with a fractured right fibula, hasn't been cleared to resume a throwing program, so until that happens, the Dodgers likely won't have a clear idea when he might be ready to come off the disabled list. If Axford is able to return by mid-to-late September, he'll likely be ticketed for middle-relief duty.

August 15, 2018 01:04 PM
Dodgers' John Axford: Officially lands on DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a fractured right fibula.

Axford has already been ruled out for at least three weeks. Alex Wood, who is slated to start for the Dodgers on Tuesday, was activated from the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move.

August 14, 2018 02:41 PM
Dodgers' John Axford: Will miss three weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford is expected to be out for about three weeks after breaking the tip of his fibula Sunday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Axford remained in the game after being hit in the leg with a comebacker, but subsequent tests revealed a small break. He hasn't yet been placed on the disabled list but the length of his expected absence means that a move will certainly be made in the near future.

August 14, 2018 02:16 PM
Dodgers' John Axford: Suffers fractured fibula
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford has been diagnosed with a fractured right fibula and is expected to land on the disabled list, J.P. Hoornstra of The Orange County Register reports.

Axford suffered the injury after being hit in the leg with a comebacker against the Rockies on Sunday. The veteran reliever was able to stay in the game and complete his two-inning appearance, but tests later revealed the slight break in the tip of his fibula, and a DL stint seems highly likely considering the nature of the injury. Expect an official move to be made Tuesday.

August 12, 2018 12:53 AM
Dodgers' John Axford: Bounces back Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Axford fired a scoreless inning while giving up a hit and striking out two in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

Axford was shelled for six runs in his Dodgers debut last Saturday, but he was able to bounce back with a clean outing in a tough pitching environment. Closer Kenley Jansen is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an irregular heartbeat, but manager Dave Roberts suggested Scott Alexander will head a closing committee, with Kenta Maeda perhaps joining him in the near future. Axford's disappointing 5.33 ERA this year is likely what caused him to be bypassed as an initial replacement. That said, the 35-year-old does have plenty of closing experience (144 career saves), so he shouldn't be completely ruled out of the equation, especially if the aforementioned options struggle early on.

Situational Stats
vs Atlanta 1.000 0.00001
vs LHB 22.000 4.5001028
vs RHB 32.200 5.7901226
Last 7 Games
Fantasy Points by Week
Pitching Stats
2009MIL00 3.52700011 7.25330069
2010MIL82 2.48500002427 58.0421716112776
2011MIL22 1.95740004648 73.2591916402586
2012MIL58 4.67750003544 69.16142361023993
2013MIL-STL77 4.027500007 65.07332291022665
2014CLE-PIT24 3.95620001013 54.2432624623663
2015COL45 4.20600002531 55.2562726403262
2016OAK64 3.9768000310 65.2653029633060
2017OAK01 6.432200001 21.0271615321721
2018TOR-LAD41 5.275010000 54.2523532632254
Total 3834 3.87543100144182 525.14832472265015260589
Batting Stats
2009MIL7000000000 --- --- ---
2010MIL50000000000 --- --- ---
2011MIL74000000000 --- --- ---
2012MIL75100000100 .000 .000 .000
2013MIL-STL75000000000 --- --- ---
2014CLE-PIT62000000000 --- --- ---
2015COL60000000000 --- --- ---
2016OAK68000000000 --- --- ---
2017OAK22000000000 --- --- ---
2018TOR-LAD50000000000 --- --- ---
Total 543100000100 .000 .000 .000
Fielding Stats
2011MILP740101721 .800
2012MILP75072410 .857
2015COLP600156811 .933
2018TOR-LADP501110920 .818
Total  543183205764 .928
More Pitching Stats
2009MIL168 0.7510001 .17934 12.9 .2140
2010MIL34943 1.2320004 .204238 10.9 .2913
2011MIL17362 1.2462008 .212305 10.3 .2812
2012MIL26649 1.43420010 .229310 13.2 .3879
2013MIL-STL36558 1.1932005 .285289 14.0 .4417
2014CLE-PIT36435 1.9161005 .217243 13.3 .3543
2015COL45743 1.4082101 .259250 14.2 .3526
2016OAK17655 1.5140004 .258289 13.4 .3697
2017OAK02319 1.2620001 .310109 19.7 .4601
2018TOR-LAD16636 2.0632006 .252233 12.7 .3980
Total 19545408 1.4339111045 .2422300 13.0 .36238
Postseason Pitching Stats
2011MIL10 1.29600034 7.05110029
2013STL00 1.59600000 5.22111049
Total 10 1.421200034 12.272210618
Minor League Pitching Stats
2007 A-Charleston03 4.39135000 26.2292013202221
2007 A-Staten Ilnd11 2.2280002 24.11386011530
2007 A-Tampa00 2.3850002 11.165320715
2007AAA-Scranton-Wb00 13.5010000 0.22110011
2008 A-Brevard Cty510 4.552614000 95.0865848557389
2009AFA-Brevard County41 1.67190000 27.01455001643
2009AAA-Nashville50 3.55220000 33.0231313201937
2009AA-Huntsville00 3.6840001 7.17331139
2010AAA-Nashville Sounds32 2.08120002 13.0147300519
2017AAA-Nashville Sounds00 0.0030000 3.12000004

Player Info

Simcoe, Ontario, CAN
Oakland Athletics

MLB Experience:

2011: NL Rolaids Relief Winner