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Diamondbacks designate former Tucson High pitcher for assignment

Posted: 1:45 PM, Jun 11, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-11 20:46:15Z
Diamondbacks designate former Tucson High pitcher for assignment

The Diamondbacks announced today that they have reinstated outfielder Socrates Brito (finger) from the 60 day DL, and optioned him to Triple A Reno.  They also reinstated pitcher Zach Greinke from the paternity list.  In a corresponding move, the Diamondbacks also designated former Tucson High pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen for assignment.

Wilhelmsen produced a 4.44 ERA with the Snakes with a disappointing 5.8 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 over 26 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old still boasts a fastball in the mid-90s and a 49.4 GB%, however, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he wound up back in the big leagues in the near future.

Wilhelmsen became known as somewhat of a local hero, as he bartended in between Major League stints at a local bar, The Hut.

Diamondbacks manager Tory Lovullo said of the move: "There are concerns that a piece of the puzzle has been removed.  But that's part of the game."  Noting how difficult the decision was to DFA Wilhelmsen.