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.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”