Axford on red alert with pregnant wife

Axford on red alert with pregnant wife

Axford on red alert with pregnant wife
LOS ANGELES -- The Brewers optioned right-hander Mike McClendon back to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, but told him to remain in town after closer John Axford's pregnant wife had another false alarm.

Nicole Axford went to the hospital Monday for the third time with contractions, only to be released on Tuesday. She famously started contractions on May 11, the night John Axford blew a save against the Cubs, and left a note for reporters explaining his absence. John revealed there was another close call on May 17, the night the Brewers flew home from Houston.

Axford rushed right to the hospital that night, but the baby -- a boy to be named Jameson -- didn't cooperate. He did the same thing on Monday.

"He's like, 'I want out! No wait, I'm good,'" Axford joked.

Nicole Axford's due date is June 28. Manager Ron Roencike hopes baby Jameson holds off until the Brewers can get back home.

"And the good thing about it is, the longer she goes, the better it is for the baby," Roenicke said.