UPDATES & NEWS
Update: John Axford will pitch earlier in games going forward with the intention of working him back into the closer's role.
Axford's been nothing short of terrible, posting a 4.91 ERA with a walk rate of nearly eight. He hasn't been good for some time, and I don't expect him to recuperate. There is incentive, however, to keep Cody Allen out of the ninth. The more saves he racks up, the more expensive his price tag will be in arbitration. Cleveland doesn't have a contender this year, so it wouldn't surprise me if they go with a veteran like Bryan Shaw, say. ANALYST:
Update: Corey Dickerson was removed from Saturday's game with a left quad injury.
While the news regarding Dickerson's plantar fasciitis was positive, he was removed after he fouled a ball off his back leg and is now day-to-day with what the team is calling a quad injury. When his leg appeared to be swollen, manager Walt Weiss opted to play it safe and remove Dickerson who had gone 0-for-3 in Saturday's game against the Giants. Consider him day-to-day for right now and figure he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender