Mariners send closer Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A
The Seattle Mariners sent down their closer Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.
According to MLB.com, the Mariners called up pitcher Carter Capps to take Wilhelmsen’s spot on the 25 man roster. Rookie pitcher Danny Farquhar will take over his role as the team’s closer.
Wilhelmsen was the teams closer for most of 2012 when he took over for Brandon League. He saved 29 games with a 2.50 ERA. This season, Wilhemsen saved 24 games with 5 blown saves in 47 games this season. He also had an ERA of 4.37.
He lost his closer’s role twice this season – the last time coming when he blew a 7-2 lead against the Red Sox on Thursday, Aug. 1.
According to CBS Sports, Wilhelmsen will work as a starter in Triple-A Tacoma. He will work on his pitches so he can work in a multiple innings scenario.
He made his first start for Tacoma on Tuesday. He went two innings and gave up 3 hits and 3 runs while throwing 31 pitches. Two of the hits he gave up were home runs.