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Diamondbacks designate former Tucson High pitcher for assignment

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-11 16:46:15-04

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.