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Brewers acquire veteran reliever John Axford from Blue Jays

FILE - Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher John Axford throws against the Chicago White Sox...
FILE - Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher John Axford throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, in this Saturday, July 28, 2018, file photo. Reliever John Axford’s comeback attempt is taking a detour from Toronto to Milwaukee, where the right-hander started his major league career. Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns announced Monday, Aug., 2, 2021, the team had acquired the 38-year-old Axford from the Blue Jays for cash considerations. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)(Nam Y. Huh | AP)
Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 5:27 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 7:30 AM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Reliever John Axford’s comeback attempt has taken a detour from Toronto to Milwaukee. And it may have hit another roadblock.

The Brewers acquired the 38-year-old Axford from the Blue Jays for $1 on Monday.

He made his first major league appearance since 2018 later that night but retired just one of the five batters he faced before leaving with an elbow problem.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Axford will undergo an MRI.

Axford hadn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2018 and began this season as a studio analyst on the Blue Jays’ television broadcast crew.

He signed a minor league contract in June and went 1-0 with an 0.84 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Blue Jays’ Triple-A Buffalo affiliate.

Axford pitched for the Brewers from 2009-13 and set the franchise’s single-season saves record in 2011.

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