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The Mariners, as Larry Stone reported last night while trying to escape the Canadian lynch mob chasing him down Edgar Martinez Drive, have sent Tom Wilhelmsen to Class AAA and will be stretching him out a bit to see whether he can be converted to a starting role. Carter Capps is rejoining the bullpen from AAA and Jason Bay has been released. Franklin Gutierrez has ended his rehabilitation assignment but is not being actuvated off the 15-day DL yet. My guess is the Mariners will want to put him through some full-blown workouts first before gauging whether he’s ready to return. That and they have to figure out what to do with Dustin Ackley. And some of that might depend on Nick Franklin and his ability to stick at second base every day. Bunch of dominoes there.
We discussed this potential Wilhemsen move yesterday morning on the blog and it was a main part of my chat yesterday with Mitch Levy during our Talkin’ Baseball segment on Sports Radio KJR. So, as you guessed, I am in favor of this move. Not because I think Wilhelmsen is going to become the next Justin Verlander or anything. It is merely a creative way for the Mariners to try to resolve some issues they have.More