Veteran reliever John Axford has left Rockies camp after his 2-year-old son was bit by a rattlesnake while staying at the family’s rental home in Arizona.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that Axford’s son, Jameson Axford, was bit twice on the right foot and taken to a Phoenix hospital in serious condition. He was given anti-venom medication and is now in stable condition, but it’s possible he may need toes amputated.
Axford described the experience as “sheer panic … things got very bad, very quickly” and is unsure when he’ll return to the team on a full-time basis. He was added to the 40-man roster earlier this month and guaranteed a $2.6 million salary as part of the bullpen.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.