Cleveland Indians right-hander John Axford was traded to Pittsburgh on Thursday in a waiver deal as the Pirates look for help for their bullpen.
Axford, 31, lost his closer job in May to right-hander Cody Allen. The Pirates will be responsible for the reported $1.3 million remaining on the one-year, $4.5-million contract Axford signed with the Indians in December.
Axford went 2-3 with a 3.92 earned-run average in 49 games with 10 saves, eight of those in March and April. Axford was plagued by walks and home runs, which prompted a reduced role, along with the emergence of young relievers Kyle Crockett, Nick Hagadone and C.C. Lee. In August, Axford has a 12.00 ERA in three innings with one save.
The Cincinnati Reds said pitcher Homer Bailey was headed to the disabled list with a strained right elbow. Manager Bryan Price said Bailey thought he hurt his elbow while batting in his last start on Aug. 7.
The Oakland Athletics placed shortstop Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture of his right index finger.