Recommendation: Axford ceded the ninth-inning duties to Jim Henderson after being hammered for six earned runs in his first three appearances, and he will pitch in middle relief for the time being to give him a chance to work on his mechanics with less pressure involved. However, the Brewers like Axford in the ninth inning, and he converted 17-of-18 chances after losing and regaining his job last year, so there is a good chance he will close again at some point this season - as long as he can iron out his issues. Axford's short-term fantasy value took a hit when he was relieved of his closer's duties, but it would get a healthy midseason boost if he can reclaim - and hold onto - the ninth-inning job.
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