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Tom Wilhelmsen | Relief Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tom Wilhelmsen (elbow) has been cleared to resume a throwing program on Friday.
He will then resume throwing off a mound when the Mariners go out on the road next week. Wilhelmsen is tracking towards a return in early May. Apr 21 - 6:45 PM

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Mariners placed RHP Tom Wilhelmsen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 11, with a hyperextended right elbow.

He actually suffered the injury on Saturday when Danny Farquhar ran into him while stretching in bullpen. It's not clear at this point how long Wilhelmsen will be sidelined. Dominic Leone has taken his spot in the bullpen.
Apr 13 - 5:59 PM

Mariners RHP Tom Wilhelmsen has been awarded $1.4 million through arbitration.

The arbitrators awarded on the side of the Mariners in this one, rather than the $2.2 million figure that Wilhelmsen had proposed. The 31-year-old hurler registered a 2.27 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 72/36 K/BB ratio over 79 1/3 innings for the Mariners in 2014.
Feb 21 - 2:12 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen requested $2.2 million and was offered $1.4 million from the Mariners when arbitration figures were exchanged.

The 31-year-old former bartender stands to earn a significant raise over the $528,800 that he brought home in 2014. It's certainly deserved after posting a 2.27 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 72/36 K/BB ratio over 79 1/3 frames for the M's this past season.
Jan 16 - 10:45 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen has been confirmed as the Mariners' starter for Thursday's game in Toronto.

It'll essentially be a bullpen game, with Wilhelmsen taking the first couple of innings and several other relievers working in a piggyback. Wilhelmsen made one spot start earlier this season and owns a cool 2.10 ERA in 55 total appearances in 2014.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 04:10:00 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that he'll go with a "bullpen start" on Thursday in Toronto.

He wouldn't specify who would start the game, but it will likely be Tom Wilhelmsen. The M's needed another start after demoting Chris Young to the bullpen. Wilhelmsen made a spot start earlier this season and holds a 2.10 ERA over 55 appearances.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:08:00 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday that Tom Wilhelmsen is an option to start for the Mariners on Tuesday.

McClendon also acknowledged that bringing someone up from the minors to make that start was also a possibility. Erasmo Ramirez is the most likely candidate in that scenario. While Wilhelmsen has a good arm, until he's stretched out and added to the rotation on a permanent basis, he should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 05:24:00 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen is making his first major league start on Thursday night against the Twins.

The career reliever is not expected to last longer than a couple of innings in what will be a true bullpen game for Seattle. Wilhelmsen picked up a three-inning save at the end of June and threw two perfect frames on July 5 against the White Sox, so he's a decently-conditioned option for this type of outing. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a 2.49 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts in 47 innings this season.
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen picked up a three-inning save Monday in the Mariners' 10-4 win over the Astros.

Wilhelmsen had already pitched three innings on two occasions this month, so tonight's outing was no big deal for him. From an ERA standpoint, the former closer has bounced back in a big way this year, coming in at 2.60 in 45 innings. However, his 38/22 K/BB ratio is a far cry from 2012's 87/29 mark in 79 1/3 innings.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 12:38:00 AM

Tom Wilhelmsen (back) is available to pitch Monday.

Wilhelmsen hasn't pitched since last Tuesday due to a stiff back, but he's back to normal now. "The Bartender" has thrown three scoreless frames so far this year.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 05:25:00 PM

Mariners recalled RHP Tom Wilhelmsen from Triple-A Tacoma.

Wilhelmsen was sent down nearly a month ago, but he unfortunately didn't really figure things out at Triple-A, striking out 15 over 12 innings but posting a 10.50 ERA. The former closer will be used in low-leverage situations for now.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:25:00 AM

Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said Tuesday that there are no plans at this time to convert Tom Wilhelmsen into a starter.

Wilhelmsen made the start on Tuesday for Triple-A Tacoma, but it appears to have been in an effort to just get in some extra work. The righty began his pro career in the rotation but is better suited for relief and that's the role he'll remain in.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 07:31:00 PM

Tom Wilhelmsen will start Tuesday for Triple-A Tacoma.

Very interesting. The Mariners aren't calling him a starting pitcher yet, but they want to see how he responds to the role. It's worth noting that Wilhelmsen was primarily a starting pitcher before being called up to the majors in 2011, though he didn't enjoy much success.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 01:37:00 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Tom Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma.

Wilhelmsen was the Mariners' closer just one week ago, but his implosion against the Red Sox last Thursday was apparently the last straw. The 29-year-old has a disappointing 4.37 ERA and 35/26 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 inning this season. Danny Farquhar is the pitcher to own in his bullpen right now.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 08:33:00 AM

The Mariners decided to send down Tom Wilhelmsen after Monday's game against the Blue Jays.

From closer to minor leaguer without even one blown save in between. Wilhelmsen was 7-for-7 saving games since regaining his job, only to lose it again in one ugly four-batter appearance against the Red Sox on Aug 1. He hadn't pitched since, and the Mariners brass must have figured that if the manager doesn't trust him, it makes more sense to get him regular work in the majors than to waste away in the major league pen.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 01:34:00 AM

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C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Rickie Weeks
CF1Austin Jackson
RF1Seth Smith
2Justin Ruggiano
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4J.A. Happ
5Taijuan Walker
6Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Carson Smith
7Tyler Olson
8Dominic Leone
9Edgar Olmos
10David Rollins