Homer Bailey's flexor mass tendon injury created a hole in the Reds rotation that initially was filled by Axelrod, who was promoted to start last Sunday for Cincinnati. Axelrod posted a respectable 3.06 ERA in five starts after joining Triple-A Louisville in mid-July, but had posted a 5.36 ERA at the major league level. He pitched well in that spot start, allowing two runs in six innings against Colorado, and will be called up to make another start after David Holmberg was bombed in his outing this week.
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