Wilhelmsen returns after birth of daughter

Wilhelmsen returns after birth of daughter

ANAHEIM -- Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen rejoined the Mariners shortly before game time Saturday night after flying home to Seattle for the birth of his daughter on Friday.

Wilhelmsen missed the Mariners pregame work, but manager Eric Wedge was just glad the big right-hander was back after going without the 28-year-old in Friday's 6-5 loss in the opening game of the Angels series.

"As long as he's down there by the seventh or eighth inning, we'll be OK," Wedge said with a chuckle.

With Wilhelmsen out of the mix, Wedge stuck with veteran Josh Kinney for the eighth and ninth innings in a tie game Friday, with the right-hander eventually taking the loss on a bases-loaded wild pitch.

Wedge said he was staying away from rookies Stephen Pryor and Carter Capps in that situation, but for different reasons.

"I saved Pryor to be the closer because we didn't have Wilhelmsen," Wedge said. "And I was going to keep Capps away from that situation just yet. He's not too far away from it, but I want to let him pitch a little and give him a few more opportunities."