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Mariners recall Tom Wilhelmsen despite 10.50 ERA in AAA

Sep 1, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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Tom Wilhelmsen was demoted to Triple-A Tacoma on August 6 and registered a 10.50 ERA over 12 2/3 innings there, but the Mariners have decided to recall him anyway because Tacoma’s season is just about over and major league rosters have expanded to 40.

“Hopefully he can flip that switch again,” manager Eric Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times on Sunday. “I do feel strongly that he’s going to be a part of this. In what role, I don’t know. He has too big an arm. He has too much experience. He’s had too much success up here in a vital role not to be.”

Wilhelmsen converted 29 saves alongside a 2,50 ERA and 9.9 K/9 in 2012 and got off to a fine start this season, but the wheels fell off for him around mid-June and he hasn’t been able to screw them back on.

Danny Farquhar has been serving as the Mariners’ primary closer since the beginning of August.

  1. fearthehoody - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Middle Reliever it is

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Sorry to disagree with you Drew, as a 10.50 ERA in 122/3 innings in Triple A is nothing. Why back in September of 2011,Daniel Bard had a 10.64 ERA in 11 innings for the Red Sox. The Red Sox were so impressed, they decided that he would be a great fit for their rotation in 2012.

  3. denny65 - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    This is the same organization that’s bringing back Wedgie for another year.

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