Brewers acquire veteran reliever John Axford from Blue Jays
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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