Rockies place John Axford on family medical emergency list


Rockies reliever John Axford left spring training at the end of March as his son Jameson was hospitalized after being bitten by a rattlesnake. Axford rejoined the team and made his season debut on Wednesday, his only appearance of the season. The family medical emergency list allows players to be taken off of the active roster for a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.

Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that Axford has been placed on the family medical emergency list. The Rockies have called up right-hander Scott Oberg from Triple-A Albuquerque to take the vacant spot on the 25-man roster. To make room for Oberg on the 40-man roster, infielder Charlie Culberson has been moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Groke has details of Jameson’s condition if you’re interested in reading about that. We at HardballTalk wish Jameson a speedy recovery and the Axford family strength during this difficult time.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.