John Axford out as Indians closer

Updated: May 10, 2014, 7:41 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Axford is out as the Cleveland Indians' closer.

Indians manager Terry Francona announced the move before Saturday night's game against Tampa Bay. He met with Axford prior to batting practice.

Axford is 1-3 with nine saves and a 4.91 ERA in 17 games in his first season with the Indians. He has really struggled in the last week, and was pulled in the ninth inning of Cleveland's 6-3 win on Friday night.

"We told him, for now, we're going to kind of ...

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