Rockies place John Axford on family medical emergency list

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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.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.