Wilhelmsen was released by the Brewers on Saturday. The 33-year-old was picked up by Milwaukee after being released by the Diamondbacks earlier this season, but struggled over 16 relief appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs, racking up a 13.15 ERA and 2.62 WHIP. He will look to latch on with another organization in hopes of continuing his 2017 campaign, though it will surely be on a minor-league basis.
Wilhelmsen agreed to a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Tuesday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Wilhelmsen, who was released by the Diamondbacks on Monday after posting a 4.44 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 17:12 K:BB through 26.1 innings this season, is expected to report to Triple-A Colorado Springs later this week. The 33-year-old could find himself back in the majors relatively soon given Milwaukee's ongoing bullpen struggles; the Brewers rank last in the majors with 19 losses and their 1.46 WHIP is the third-worst mark in the league.
Wilhelmsen was released by the Diamondbacks on Monday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. Wilhelmsen cleared waivers and was let go by the Diamondbacks because he wasn't expected to accept an assignment to the minors. The 33-year-old struggled out of Arizona's bullpen before being cut loose, compiling a 4.44 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 17:12 K:BB in 26.1 innings. His past major-league experience could help him catch on elsewhere, though he likely won't carry any fantasy value wherever he lands.
Wilhelmsen was designated for assignment Sunday. With Socrates Brito (finger) returning from the 60-day disabled list Sunday, the Diamondbacks opened up a roster spot by designating Wilhelmsen for assignment. The 33-year-old held a 4.44 ERA over 26.1 innings of relief this season.
Wilhelmsen covered 2.1 innings to close out Tuesday's 10-2 win over the Padres, yielding one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two. The fact that manager Torey Lovullo turned to Wilhelmsen to record a season-high seven outs while the team owned a nine-run lead illustrates just how far he's fallen in the bullpen pecking order. The former Mariners closer opened the campaign in a key setup role and has recorded three holds on the season, but none have come since April 22. With a 4.62 ERA and 1.62 WHIP on the season, Wilhelmsen has been one of the worst performers in what's otherwise been a solid bullpen, so it's not expected he'll see much usage in high-leverage situations anytime soon.
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