From the official Twitter account of the Seattle Mariners Baseball Information Department …
Rodney led the major leagues in saves last year with 48, but he’s taken a nosedive in 2015. Including his disastrous outing Friday against the White Sox, in which he allowed three runs while recording only one out, the 38-year-old right-hander holds a 5.68 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 50 2/3 innings this season.
Rodney is still owed a bit more money on the two-year, $14 million free agent contract that he signed with the Mariners in February 2014, so he is probably going to pass through waivers without a claim.
This might be the end — or the beginning of the end — for one of MLB’s most colorful relievers.
Rickie Weeks signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Mariners over the winter, but he was designated for assignment this afternoon after struggling in part-time duty.
Weeks, 32, batted just .167/.263/.250 with two home runs and nine RBI over 95 plate appearances while seeing most of his playing time against left-handed pitching. He exclusively played second base in the majors coming into this season, but the Mariners used him as a left fielder and designated hitter. His role has been diminished since the Mark Trumbo deal, so Seattle decided to turn the page.
The Mariners have called up right-hander Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Weeks and will go with an eight-man bullpen for the time being.
Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to a hyperextended right elbow which occurred under some freak circumstances.
Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times writes that Wilhelmsen was loosening up and swinging his arms when the back of arm slammed into teammate Danny Farquhar, who was running by. Bullpens are dangerous, man. Wilhelmsen thinks he’ll be able to resume playing catch by the end of the week, so it doesn’t sound too serious. The Mariners have called up right-hander Dominic Leone to take his place in the bullpen.
Wilhelmsen was an important part of Seattle’s excellent bullpen from last season, putting up a 2.27 ERA with 72 strikeouts over 79 1/3 innings. The 31-year-old has allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in 2 2/3 innings across his first two appearances this season.