Brewers call on Canadian

BOB ELLIOTT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

John Axford awoke in New Orleans yesterday with the triple-A Nashville Sounds. He wouldn't finish the day with the team.

The Port Dover, Ont., right-hander woke up early, grabbed a flight and was at Miller Park after being called up by Milwaukee Brewers. He joined the bullpen for yesterday's 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals but didn't make it into the game.

Axford pitched three years at Notre Dame University before injuring his arm and then transferring to Canisius College. The New York Yankees signed him in 2007 and released him at the end of the season.

Brewers scout Jay Lapp signed Axford and after starting the season at class-A Brevard County he's now Lapp's first major leaguer.

Combined this season at Brevard, double-A Huntsville and Nashville, he is 9-1 with a 2.43 earned run average, walking 38 and striking out 89 in 68 1/3 innings.

Axford will be the 21st Canadian to appear in the majors this season.


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