Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was asked Wednesday what it would take to re-install John Axford as his closer.

"Probably not much," replied Roenicke.

Since being removed from the closer's role after some early-season shelling, Axford has recovered and is throwing the ball well again. His 1-2-3 eighth inning Tuesday night in a 6-3 victory over the Padres was his sixth consecutive scoreless appearance, covering 5 1/3 innings. Prior to that, he allowed nine runs in 3 1/3 innings over four outings, including four home runs.

In Axford's absence, Jim Henderson has been perfect as the interim closer, converting all five of his save opportunities. Henderson has not allowed a run in nine of his 10 appearances this season.

So, as they say, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it,' right? That's not the way Roenicke sees it, at least not in the long run.

"I think right now, we're not going to flip 'Ax' back in the closer's role," said Roenicke. "I think Henderson is doing a nice job. But 'Ax,' the way he threw (Tuesday), he could win every ball game he went in if he throws that way. I was really impressed with him.

"The way (pitching coach) Rick (Kranitz) and I have been talking about it, we'll have him in the eighth inning unless the seventh calls for it. Sometimes, if somebody says this is your set-up (guy) and this is your closer, and yet the game is on the line in the seventh and you don't bring in one of your best two guys, and you give up three or four runs, you never get your best guys in. It doesn't make any sense to me.

"A lot of games are won or lost in the sixth or seventh innings, and yet your two best guys are sitting there waiting to go in the game in the eighth or ninth. You're putting in your third- or fourth-best pitcher and not even getting to those guys. It goes against the way you should be playing the game."