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.