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.
Adam Ottavino was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right elbow earlier this week and Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that he underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery this morning.
The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews and Ottavino said that “everything went as expected.” The rehab process figures to keep him sidelined through the early part of the 2016 season.
Ottavino appeared poised for a breakthrough as Colorado’s closer this season, but surgery means that he’ll finish the year with a spotless 0.00 ERA over 10 1/3 innings to go along with a 13/2 K/BB ratio. John Axford is now handling save chances for Walt Weiss’ club.
Adam Ottavino was promoted to the Rockies’ closer role in mid-April only to be shut down with elbow problems a week later and now the 29-year-old right-hander is expected to miss the rest of the season following Tommy John surgery.
Ottavino finishes the season with a 0.00 ERA and 13/2 K/BB ratio in 10 innings, which shows the type of standout reliever he’d become after years as a bullpen afterthought. Dating back to the start of 2013 he logged 154 innings with a 2.87 ERA and 161 strikeouts despite calling Coors Field home.
John Axford replaced Ottavino as the Rockies’ closer and once LaTroy Hawkins returns from a biceps injury it’s possible the 42-year-old could get another crack at ninth-inning duties after being replaced by Ottavino early.