Though he has flashed the form of late that made him a record-setting closer for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011, John Axford is willing to wait for manager Ron Roenicke to return him to that role. And what if Roenicke opts to keep Jim Henderson as his ninth-inning pitcher for the foreseeable future?

"Jim has my vote of support," Axford said Friday. "If that's what's working now, it's definitely the best thing. You don't want to fix anything that's not broken, that's for sure."

Roenicke removed Axford from closing after he was tagged in his first four outings, allowing nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, including four home runs. But, working with pitching coach Rick Kranitz and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell, he made an adjustment in his delivery that put him back on track.

Entering the three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Axford had compiled six consecutive scoreless appearances, covering 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six hitters over that span and opponents were batting a mere .118.

The adjustment returned Axford's velocity to previous levels and gave him a better arm slot for his breaking pitches, a slider and curveball.

"It was a small adjustment of literally being more athletic, the way Lee told me to do it in the first place in 2009 (when Axford was at high Class A Brevard County and Tunnell was the Brewers' minor-league pitching coordinator)," said Axford.

"I was getting too upright on the mound, and now I'm making sure I'm more athletic and over my body. It was just a matter of being more comfortable with it. It's a very subtle change."

Henderson, who filled in as closer briefly last season when Axford was struggling, has been perfect as the interim closer, converting all five of his save opportunities. He did not allow a run in nine of his first 10 outings.

Axford and Henderson are good friends, but that relationship aside, Axford said Henderson deserves to stay in the closing role.

"Things are going good right now, winning nine in a row (before losing Wednesday in San Diego)," he said. "We had a shot at winning that one at the end, too. You really want to keep with what's strong and what's working.

"I think (Henderson) made me kind of realize again that it's about perseverance. You want to keep going through the troubles of this game. He was in the minor leagues for 10 years, and he fought and clawed his way up. He's doing a fantastic job. It was a reminder to me, 'You had to fight to get here, too. So keep doing it.' "