Wilhelmsen holding down closer's role

Wilhelmsen holding down closer's role

SEATTLE -- About a week after saying Brandon League was close to returning to his closer's role, Mariners manager Eric Wedge acknowledged Sunday that it's not going to be easy doing that with the way Tom Wilhelmsen has performed since taking over that job.

Going into Sunday's series finale with San Francisco, Wilhelmsen has not allowed a run in his last 10 2/3 innings over eight outings, holding opposing batters to a .088 (3-for-34) batting average with 11 strikeouts. Wilhelmsen picked up his fourth save in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Giants.

"I don't think we can right now," Wedge said of making a change back to League. "But I like to have multiple options there for the ninth. Like I've told Leaguer already, when we get to the point where we're winning more games than we're losing, you're going to need other closers in your bullpen because if you're playing a lot of tight games, you can't run that guy out there five, six days a week. Ideally, that's our perfect situation."

As for Wilhelmsen?

"He's been very good, very consistent for us, with good stuff," Wedge said. "I like the way he's handled both right- and left-handers, which is obviously a key component for that role."