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K-Rod always ready to step in for Axford

K-Rod always ready to step in for Axford

K-Rod always ready to step in for Axford
LOS ANGELES -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke didn't completely rule out using closer John Axford in Thursday's series finale with the Dodgers, but it certainly wasn't likely. Axford had pitched in four games in four days, including earning the save in each of the first three games of the series against the Dodgers. Axford has never pitched in five straight games in the Majors.

In setup man Francisco Rodriguez, Roenicke has a proven closer who can move into the role seamlessly.

Although he began the day with only one save this season (April 10 vs. Cubs), Rodriguez has 292 in his career and is looking forward to joining the 300-saves club, currently occupied by 23 pitchers.

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"It means a lot; it's a big milestone," Rodriguez said. "I'm just thankful I've had the ability to accomplish something special.

"I remember when I was setting up Percy [Troy Percival with the Angels] when he said to me, 'Look at me, one day you'll be in this position and you better call me when you get your 300th.' I said, 'Yeah, right,' but he was right."

Rodriguez's opportunities are few and far between these days, but he said he is happy to wait for his chances.

"I stay humble. I've got to be thankful for what I've got and not for what I don't," he said. "Do I want to close? Of course. This is something temporary. I just need to make sure I keep getting the job done whenever the opportunity does come."

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