John Axford's son continues rehab from snake bite, will throw first pitch

Thursday May 7th, 2015

Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford's son will throw out the first pitch at Friday's game, a little more than a month after he was bitten by a rattlesnake. 

Two-year-old Jameson Axford was bitten on the foot twice by a rattlesnake in late March while he was with his family in Arizona for spring training. He spent four weeks in intensive care. 

Doctors initially feared they would have to amputate the foot. While the foot was saved, Jameson will still need skin graft surgery and other skin-regeneration procedures, according to His first skin graft procedure is next Monday. 

Jameson is still unable to walk, so he'll take the field in a wheelchair. 

"It'll put a smile on my face, for sure," Axford said, according to "Maybe tears in my eyes, too."

Axford left spring training for a week to be with his son and later spent 10 more days away from the team when doctors discovered a staph infection in the foot. 

Jameson's arms are just fine, though, so he's ready to show off at Coors Field. Axford just isn't sure which hand he'll use, because Jameson likes to throw with both. 

- Dan Gartland

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