Rockies reliever's 2-year-old son still dealing with trauma from snakebite

Baseball Rockies reliever John Axford has been placed on the team’s Family Emergency List to deal with his 2-year-old son’s recovery from a rattlesnake bite.The 32-year-old pitcher may remain on the list up to seven days. MORE: Marlins players leave with identical injuries | Hamilton situation in L.A. 'contentious'Axford’s son, Jameson, has been hospitalized since being bitten on his right foot in the backyard of the family’s rental home in Scottsdale, Ariz., while Axford was in spring training.  Axford missed one week of spring training to be with his son. But after Jameson underwent surgery April 6, doctors discovered a staph infection and were forced to remove all the skin and tissue, down to the bone, at the spot of the bite.“My wife couldn't actually even tell me on the phone because of how tough the news was for her,” Axford told the Denver Post. “She's been by his side the entire time in the hospital. So it was difficult to hear that, but I just keep going back to the memories of how happy he was in his good moods and his good spots."Anybody who has kids, you get to see your toddler running around, it's an amazing thing to see. But when your son has been laying in a bed for more than two weeks and can't move and he probably won't be able to walk for another couple of months, what you want is just for him to walk.”Axford has made one appearance this season, pitching a scoreless 10th inning to earn a save last Wednesday in a 5-4 win over the Brewers. The right-hander joined the Rockies this year after spending time

in 2014 with the Indians and Pirates.To fill Axford's roster spot, the Rockies called up 25-year-old right-hander Scott Oberg from Class AAA Albuquerque. He has yet to make his debut.


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