Wilhelmsen placed on 15-day DL with elbow issue

Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a hyperextended right elbow, with fellow right-hander Dominic Leone recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to take his place in the bullpen.

Wilhelmsen, 31, has appeared in two games this season and given up five hits and two runs in 2 2/3 innings. His DL move is retroactive to April 11, which is the day after his last appearance in Oakland, so he’ll be eligible to return on April 26.

Wilhelmsen played a critical role in the Mariners’ bullpen last season when he was 3-2 with one save and a 2.27 ERA in 57 appearances, including two starts. He held opposing batters to .171 batting average in 79 1/3 innings.

Leone will be in uniform and available for Monday night’s series opener against the Dodgers. The 23-year-old made one appearance with Triple-A Tacoma, throwing a scoreless inning with one strikeout on Friday in El Paso.

The 23-year-old also opened last year in Tacoma before being called up the first week to replace Hector Noesi. He wound up posting an 8-2 record and 2.17 ERA in 66 1/3 innings over 57 appearances as a rookie, but didn’t make the Mariners Opening Day roster this season when Carson Smith was selected for the final bullpen spot.


Greg, do you think the M’s have any interest in free agent Rafael Soriano, especially given Rodney’s shaky history?

I haven’t heard anything on that front and wouldn’t expect that. Rodney did lead the Majors in saves last year and still has this year on his contract. He’s definitely their closer and the bullpen is pretty deep. Wilhelmsen shouldn’t be out long. That’s believed to be a fairly minor injury.

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