With Major League rosters expanding to 40 players on Sunday, Greg Johns of MLB.com is reporting that the Mariners are planning to recall former closer Tom Wilhelmsen to the club. Wilhelmsen is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA in 12 innings over eight games since being demoted to Triple-A Tacoma. He has allowed 19 hits and 14 runs with 15 strikeouts and five walks in that stretch.
The K/BB ratio is solid, indicative of the kind of control you want from a reliever. But 14 runs in 12 innings is just unacceptable, especially in Triple-A. But M’s skipper Eric Wedge can’t wait to get him back.
Wedge indicated that only a few players would be called up Sunday while the rest would come up as early as Tuesday once the Tacoma Rainiers’ season ends on Labor Day. Among those almost certain to be called up are SP Erasmo Ramirez, C Mike Zunino, OF Carlos Peguero and RP Bobby LaFromboise. I’m personally hoping to see SP Danny Hultzen this September. It’s unclear if M’s fans will get a chance to see OF Xavier Avery – whom the Mariners acquired from Baltimore in the Michael Morse trade on Friday – this season or not.
Avery, the #10 prospect in the Orioles system according to MLB.com, has batted .259 with 29 stolen bases in 120 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season.