It sounds as if John Axford is out as Brewers closer for now but there was no official announcement Monday from manager Ron Roenicke.

Asked if there was a closing situation today against the Cubs if he would use Axford, Roenicke said, "I need to have a discussion with 'Ax' on what we plan to do. So, I really can't give you an answer until I talk to him."

Normally, when a manager says somethng like that, it means he hasn't talked to the player yet about making a change and therefore isn't ready to tell the media.

Axford has allowed at least one home run in all three of his relief outings this season, including a two-run shot by Eric Hinske in the 11th inning Sunday that led to an 8-7 victory by Arizona that extended the Brewers' losing streak to five games.

Axford has allowed eight hits and six runs in 2 2/3 innings including four home runs. He has a 20.25 ERA anbd opponents are batting .500 against him.

A leading candidate to close games would be Jim Henderson, who has experience doing that in the minors and was used a couple of times last year when Axford was struggling.