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Closing Time? M’s To Call Up Wilhelmsen

With Major League rosters expanding to 40 players on Sunday, Greg Johns of 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, has batted .259 with 29 stolen bases in 120 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

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  • maqman

    I think I’d rather see Ty Kelly ahead of Avery. The Bartender should probably go have a drink or ten and come back next year.

    • Dan Hughes

      I agree with you on Kelly, he is a promising talent. However, he is not on the M’s 40-man roster and therefore cannot be called up to the Majors at this time. Only players on the 40-man roster are approved to play in the Majors. Maybe some moves will be made this offseason and Kelly will be granted 40-man roster status.