The last time John Axford took the mound during a baseball game was August of 2021. At that time, the Brewers had traded with the Blue Jays to bring the Axe Man back to Milwaukee. Unfortunately he injured his elbow in his first and only appearance. 1.5 years later, after undergoing Tommy John surgery in his late 30’s, Axford completed his comeback by throwing a scoreless frame in his debut of the 2023 World Baseball Classic for Team Canada.
John Axford threw a scoreless frame in his 2023 World Baseball Classic debut, his first game appearance since August of 2021.
39 year old John Axford got the job done during his inning of relief against Great Britain. He recorded a 1-2-3 innings that included a strikeout. Not to mention he was pumping mid 90’s heat and additionally had to cover first base on a grounder hit to the right side.
John Axford sighting!
Axford out there with an all gray beard blowing it 94mph by these Great Britain youngins. pic.twitter.com/plV2jBh0fD
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) March 12, 2023
Hey can I just say how awesome it is to see that @JohnAxford made it back from a second TJ surgery to pitch in the WBC today. Well down Axe, we’ll done
— Eric J. (@ericthebeardo) March 12, 2023
Superb inning pitched by @JohnAxford 🇨🇦 What an incredible moment for his family @WBCBaseball
— J Breault (@JaneanBreault) March 12, 2023
John Axford is 39 years old and he just threw a 96-mile-an-hour fastball during his three up three down inning 👀#WorldBaseballClassic | #WBCanada
— Blue Jays Way Podcast (@BlueJaysWaypod) March 12, 2023
– 39 years old (40 next month)
– Hasn’t pitched since 2021
– coming off TJ surgery
– pitching into a net in your backyard to get ready for the #WorldBaseballClassic
Fastball: 94 mph
Tip-of-the-cap to you, @JohnAxford 🇨🇦 @WBCBaseball @baseballcanada pic.twitter.com/4Wuwa0cCau
— Ryan Garland (@Ryan91_NL) March 12, 2023
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