John Axford will be away from the club for at least the next three days, as the Rockies placed him on the family medical emergency list today, according to the Denver Post's Nick Groke. Axford's son okay. His son was bitten by a rattlesnake in Arizona during spring training, and the time off is for Axford to accompany him as he's transferred between hospitals. The family medical emergency list requires that Axford be unavailable for a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.
The Rockies selected the contract of right-handed relief pitcher Scott Oberg to take Axford's place in the bullpen. Oberg had a rough spring training in limited action. He had a 12.15 ERA In six and two thirds innings. If Oberg makes it into a game, he'll be the second Grand Junction Rockie to debut for the Rockies, the first being Eddie Butler. Oberg has a live arm. He can get his four seam fastball up to the mid-90s, and he mixes in a changeup and, to a lesser extent, a curveball.
To make room for Oberg on the 40 man roster, the Rockies placed Charlie Culberson on the 60-day disabled list.