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Blue Jays release reliever Axford

Mar 7, 2019; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher John Axford (77) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Reliever John Axford has been released from his minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced on Saturday.

The move comes on the heels of Axford being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right (throwing) elbow two days earlier.

Axford, 35, was with Toronto for part of last season but was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July.

A 10-year veteran, Axford has pitched for eight teams and logged a 38-34 record with 144 saves and a 3.87 ERA.

Axford, who is Canadian, was 4-1 with 50 strikeouts over 51 innings in his stint with Toronto last season.

The Blue Jays also offered fellow righty reliever Bud Norris a $100,000 retention bonus to not opt out of his minor-league contract with the team. Norris, 34, has been dealing with arm injuries this spring.

--Field Level Media