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.