Rockies activate John Axford from the family medical emergency list

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The Rockies have activated closer John Axford from the family medical emergency list, the club announced on Twitter. To create room on the roster, Justin Miller has been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Axford has been on the FME list once before this season, back in April, not long after his two-year-old son was hospitalized due to rattlesnake bites.

The 32-year-old veteran reliever has converted the save in 13 of 14 opportunities thus far with a 2.42 ERA with a 21/10 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.

The deadline is 8 PM ET Monday for Shohei Ohtani situation to be resolved

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Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.

Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.

Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.