By Adam Roberts – 8/2/2021
It’s been eight years since he last donned the Brewers’ threads, and about three years since he last pitched on a major league mound, but the Ax Man is back in Brew City.
John Axford was acquired by the Brewers from the Blue Jays in a deal that is kosher despite the trade deadline passing; Axford was brought in on a minor league deal which is allowed after the deadline. Despite the minor league deal, Axford will dress and be present for tonight’s game against Pittsburgh at American Family Field.
Axford last pitched for the Dodgers in 2018, with the numbers not looking pretty in his five games played. But general manager David Stearns is likely hoping he can find his 2011 form one last time; during that campaign Axford finished ninth in Cy Young Award voting for the National League with 46 saves and 86 strikeouts to accompany a 1.95 ERA.
It should be noted this move could be coinciding with the team having to place some of their relievers on the COVID list last week, and it remains to be seen if Axford will be on the team long-term or if this is just a quick fix.
Also, don’t forget the Brewers will be back on ESPN La Crosse 105.5 this Saturday as they host the NL West-leading Giants. Coverage begins at 5:30pm.
We now know why Axford was added to the roster. Closer Josh Hader has been added to the COVID-19 IL, while Jace Peterson has been reinstated from the IL.