MILWAUKEE After being removed from his long-time role as closer July 16, John Axford has been slowly working his way back from the mental issues that plagued the first half of his season.
But last weekend, Axford, who has remained patient through the entire process, made a statement to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke that he was ready to return to his role.
"I think just based on some of the chaos and instability that's been happening down there," Axford told reporters, "I wanted to make sure I took a leadership role and not only accepted some of that chaos and instability was because of me in the first place, but I wanted to re-establish it and make sure that things were going to be straight down there again."
On Tuesday, that statement was justified, as Axford entered in the ninth inning and earned his first save in more than two weeks. Axford was in for just one out, as Manny Parra and Jim Henderson registered the first two outs. But Roenicke made it clear after the game that A...