Axelrod, who struggled Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays when he gave up six runs on eight hits over four innings, would have pitched Monday at Houston if the White Sox merely pushed back their rotation for a game.
Chris Sale was supposed to start Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, but the game was called off with the expectation of severe weather around game time and throughout the night.
Sale's next start will now be Friday at Houston in the opener of a four-game series. John Danks and Hector Santiago will be pushed back a day in the Astros series. Jose Quintana will now pitch Sunday at Houston, with Axelrod presumably getting pushed into Tuesday's series opener at Minnesota.
Despite his poor outing Monday, Axelrod has been a bright spot in the White Sox's rotation. He initially earned a starting spot out of spring training as a replacement for the injured Danks and has remained on the staff with the injury to Gavin Floyd.
Axelrod is 3-4 this season with a 4.26 ERA in 13 starts. His 74 innings already have surpassed what he previously pitched in the major leagues over the last two seasons in 18 appearances.
The most Axelrod has ever pitched in a season were the 169 1/3 innings he amassed over three different levels during the 2011 season.