ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — John Axford is out as the Cleveland Indians’ closer.
Indians manager Terry Francona announced the move before Saturday night’s game against Tampa Bay. He met with Axford prior to batting practice.
Axford is 1-3 with nine saves and a 4.91 ERA in 17 games in his first season with the Indians. He has struggled recently, and was pulled in the ninth inning of Cleveland’s 6-3 win on Friday night.
A group of four relievers that includes Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw could all get opportunities to fill the role.