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Colorado Rockies' addition of John Axford to 40-man fosters complaints

Plus, the return of the Rockies' All-Star duo attracts national attention, a look at who will take the field in the team's two split-squad game and more.

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New York Mets can't afford to make mistake with Matt Harvey | FOX Sports
Within Ken Rosenthal's article on Harvey is a blurb on John Axford, whom the Rockies added to their 40-man roster in a curiously fast manner this offseason. Rosenthal chalks the move up to the Rockies "signaling to their players that they are serious about winning," thus believing that the move is a non-issue. However, that didn't stop teams from contacting the commissioner's office to find out if any wrongdoing was involved.

Rosenthal's advice for the Rockies? Be a little more discreet next time. That's funny.

Rockies get Tulo and CarGo back, and for a day, all is right with them -
Jon Heyman was at Salt River Fields on Monday for the return of the Rockies' two oft-injured stars. Heyman had some nice things to say about the complex on Twitter and decent things to say about the shape of the Rockies with healthy versions of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.

Of course, for national writers such as Heyman, the biggest question is how a potential bounce-back season from either player will affect the trade market at the deadline and beyond. Either way, for the Rockies to become a contender -- whether that's now or a couple of years from now -- Tulowitzki and Gonzalez need to be healthy and at the top of their game.

Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez return for Rockies
Patrick Saunders has more on Tulowitzki and Gonzalez, including video of the former discussing his return. Saunders also has a note on Rex Brothers, who needed only eight pitches to get through a dominant sixth inning that included a strikeout. Brothers topped out at 95 mph with his fastball and, as Thomas Harding noted in his piece, had a much smoother delivery than he exhibited at any point last season.

Prospect Butler eager to oppose Kershaw, Dodgers |
Eddie Butler will be on the hill for the Rockies in their road game today (Colorado also plays at Salt River Fields against the Mariners). Butler was roughed up a bit in his first spring training appearance but did top out at 98 mph with his fastball, signaling that his shoulder woes might be behind him. He's eager to exact revenge on the Dodgers, who beat him up a couple of times at the major league level in 2014.

David Dahl, who made his first Cactus League appearance, could see time again in that game. Meanwhile, fellow intriguing prospects Ryan McMahon and Correlle Prime should see the field -- along with Carlos Gonzalez -- in the other contest. Troy Tulowitzki isn't listed on either lineup card.