Tom Wilhelmsen RP SEA 1 Month

Wilhelmsen struck out three and walked one while tossing 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win of the season Saturday against Boston.

In July, there were whispers that Wilhelmsen might be needed for a spot start, but he'll likely remain in a long relief role instead, as the Mariners have been getting good returns from Chris Young -- Saturday's start notwithstanding.

Tom Wilhelmsen RP SEA 2 Months

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.

Tom Wilhelmsen RP SEA 3 Months

Tom Wilhelmsen is making his first major league start on Thursday afternoon 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.

Tom Wilhelmsen RP SEA 3 Months

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.

Tom Wilhelmsen RP SEA 5 Months

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.

Tom Wilhelmsen RP SEA Sep 01 '13

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.

Tom Wilhelmsen RP SEA Aug 06 '13

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.

Tom Wilhelmsen RP SEA Aug 06 '13

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.

Tom Wilhelmsen RP SEA Aug 06 '13

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.

Tom Wilhelmsen RP SEA Aug 06 '13

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.