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John Axford | Relief Pitcher | #61

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/1/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Canisius
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Athletics released RHP John Axford.
Axford was designated for assignment last Thursday and didn't attract any interest on waivers. Despite posting a sluggish 6.43 ERA over 22 outings this year, the 34-year-old offers a wealth of late-inning experience and should resurface before long, though he may have to settle for a minor league deal. Aug 1 - 5:40 PM

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Athletics designated RHP John Axford for assignment.

Axford has been struggling mightily over the last month and hits the waiver wire Thursday having registered a 6.43 ERA, 2.10 WHIP, and 21/17 K/BB ratio in 21 total innings this season with Oakland. The 34-year-old right-hander signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Athletics in December 2015 and is still owed around $1.5 million.
Jul 27 - 9:45 AM

Athletics activated RHP John Axford from the 10-day disabled list.

Axford will return to a setup role in the A's bullpen. He has been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury during the first week of the regular season.
May 20 - 12:41 PM

John Axford is now traveling with the Athletics and will be activated from the disabled list at some point over the weekend.

The veteran right-hander made several rehab appearances with Triple-A Nashville and has been cleared to return. He has been sidelined since the first week of the regular season due to a shoulder injury.
May 19 - 8:19 PM

John Axford (shoulder) is scheduled to make two more minor league rehab appearances.

He's pitching at Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday night and will do so again on Thursday before possibly joining the Oakland bullpen in a setup role on Friday. Axford has been on the disabled list since the first week of the regular season because of a shoulder injury.
May 16 - 8:56 PM

John Axford (shoulder) is expected to be activated later this week when the Athletics return home.

Axford had a scoreless rehab appearance for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and is likely to need just one more rehab outing before being activated. He'll return to a setup role.
May 14 - 1:53 PM

John Axford (shoulder) worked a scoreless inning Saturday in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Nashville.

Axford worked a perfect sixth inning for the Sounds, recording one strikeout while throwing eight of his 12 pitches for strikes. He's trending toward a return in mid to late May. When activated, Axford will serve in a setup role ahead of closer Santiago Casilla.
May 13 - 10:47 PM

John Axford (shoulder) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday.

Axford threw another live bullpen session Wednesday without issue. If all goes well in the minors, the veteran reliever should be cleared to join the Oakland bullpen before the end of May. He's been out all season because of right shoulder problems.
May 10 - 2:12 PM

John Axford (shoulder) threw 20-plus pitches in a bullpen session Thursday.

Axford reported feeling good during and after the workout and it sounds like he could begin facing live hitters over the weekend. The veteran reliever has been out all season due to a right shoulder injury. He's on track to join the Oakland bullpen around mid-to-late May.
May 4 - 12:01 PM

John Axford (shoulder) threw a 20-21 pitch bullpen session on Tuesday.

He'll have a similar workout Thursday. Axford has been out all season because of right shoulder discomfort, but an MRI taken in early April showed no major structural damage and the veteran reliever could join the A's by the end of the month if he can avoid setbacks.
May 2 - 5:01 PM

John Axford (shoulder) has resumed throwing.

A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters Tuesday that the veteran reliever is feeling good and could begin throwing off a mound during the club's current road trip. Axford landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training with a right shoulder strain. If all goes well, he might be ready around mid-to-late May.
Apr 25 - 8:44 PM

John Axford (shoulder) said Saturday that he expects to resume throwing in a few days.

Axford said he felt some soreness while making sock throws Wednesday, but he thinks that was mainly because he found it to be "really awkward." "We’re just being a little cautious," he said. "Next time I throw it will just be regular throwing on the field, coming up soon. The way things have progressed, it’s been positive, no issues." Axford isn't expected back for the A's until late May.
Apr 23 - 10:09 AM

An MRI on John Axford's strained right shoulder revealed no structural damage.

Axford felt discomfort in his shoulder while warming up on Tuesday and was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday. In a more positive development, his MRI showed only the suspected Grade 1 shoulder strain and nothing more ominous. Axford will not be picking up a ball for a week, after which his status will be reevaluated. There is no concrete timetable for his return at this juncture.
Apr 6 - 1:25 PM

John Axford (shoulder) is undergoing an MRI on his strained right shoulder.

Axford was placed on the 10-day disabled list earlier on Wednesday. He initially felt discomfort in his shoulder while warming up during Tuesday's game against the Angels. This MRI should provide a more clear picture of the severity of his injury and how long it might take him to recover. The A's are hoping that Axford won't be down for the count for more than a week or so. He posted a 3.97 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 60/30 K/BB ratio across 65 2/3 innings with Oakland during the 2016 campaign.
Apr 5 - 7:15 PM

A's placed RHP John Axford on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 2, with a strained right shoulder.

There is no current timetable for Axford's recovery. The veteran right-hander pitched to a 3.97 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 60/30 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 frames with the A's during the 2016 season. Expect further updates on his health and recovery in the coming days.
Apr 5 - 4:54 PM

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