White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Axelrod will serve as the team's long reliever. Right-handers Nate Jones and Zach Stewart will move up in the bullpen to fill Crane's late-inning role.
This is Axelord's second stint with the White Sox, after appearing in four games for Chicago last September. The 26-year-old went 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in those outings (three starts) and Ventura said he's comfortable handing the ball to Axelrod.
"He's been up here, so it's not like we're bringing somebody up that can't pitch here," Ventura said before Friday's 10-3 loss to the Red Sox. "We have confidence in Axe and we'll make due until Jesse's ready."
Axelrod was impressive in four Triple-A starts, going 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA in 25 innings. He said a big part of his success has come from incorporating his changeup more often.
"It's been really effective for me. It's added another dimension, makes my fastball a little bit better," Axelrod said. "My first start, I threw about four changeups and they got a call that said work on it, so I've been trying to throw about 15 a game after that and it's been paying off."Axelrod debuted in the seventh inning Friday and worked the final 2 1/3 innings. He allowed one run on three hits, including a homer, walked one and struck out two.