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Shawn Tolleson | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Baylor
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 30 (0) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Shawn Tolleson (elbow) said Saturday that his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going great and he hopes to begin throwing in a game after the All-Star break.
Tolleson underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2017. Barring any setbacks, he appears to be on track for a return to the Rangers' bullpen in the second half of the 2018 season. Jan 27 - 12:37 PM

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Rangers signed RHP Shawn Tolleson to a minor league contract.

Tolleson underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in May 2017 and will likely miss the entire first half of the 2018 season. The 29-year-old reliever holds a 3.92 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 8.8 K/9 in 218 career major league innings.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 03:22:00 PM

Shawn Tolleson has elected free agency.

The Rays had outrighted Tolleson off the 40-man roster. He's arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter and will get a late start to next season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 05:54:00 PM

Shawn Tolleson underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

Tolleson has been out all season with what the Rays had been calling a right flexor strain, but apparently the reliever's ulnar collateral ligament was damaged, as well. He'll be sidelined until around midseason next year.
Fri, May 19, 2017 03:00:00 PM

Rays placed RHP Shawn Tolleson on the 60-day disabled list with a right flexor strain.

Tolleson has also had back issues this spring, but it's his pitching arm that will hold him out for the first couple months of the season. The former Rangers closer will hope to return as a middle reliever sometime in the first half.
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 11:08:00 AM

Shawn Tolleson (back) will likely begin the season on the disabled list.

Tolleson has been slowed by back issues this spring and just doesn't have enough time to get ready for the season. The competition to take his spot in the bullpen is wide open, with Jumbo Diaz and Chase Whitley among the possible alternatives.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 10:23:00 AM

Shawn Tolleson is dealing with back spasms.

It doesn't sound like a big deal. Tolleson saved 35 games for the Rangers in 2015, but he lost his closer gig last year while struggling to the tune of a 7.68 ERA over 37 appearances. He'll try to reestablish himself after signing a one-year, $1 million deal with the Rays over the winter.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 03:33:00 PM

Making his spring debut, Shawn Tolleson gave up two runs in an inning Friday in relief against the Tigers.

Tolleson was a bit behind the Rays' other pitchers after dealing with some back issues. He's expected to have a spot in the team's bullpen after signing a cheap major league deal in January.
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 05:27:00 PM

Shawn Tolleson (back) was held out of Saturday's workout for "preventative" reasons.

Tolleson finished last season on the disabled list and apparently his back is still giving him trouble. The 29-year-old is hoping to rebound this year after sporting an ugly 7.68 ERA over 37 relief outings for Texas in 2016.
Sat, Feb 18, 2017 10:35:00 PM

Rays signed RHP Shawn Tolleson to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Tolleson flamed out last season after beginning the year as the Rangers' closer and ultimately finished with an ugly 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances. However, he posted a 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts over 144 innings with Texas from 2014-15, making him a solid bounce-back candidate on a cheap deal.
Mon, Jan 23, 2017 07:24:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are finalizing a deal with free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson.

It's likely a non-guaranteed minor league contract or a low-base one-year deal. Tolleson, 28, posted a dreadful 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances for the Rangers last season and was removed from their 40-man roster in October. He did put up a 2.88 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 144 innings with Texas between 2014-2015.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 05:50:00 PM's T.R. Sullivan hears that the Rangers are trying to re-sign Shawn Tolleson to a minor league contract and talks are "on-going."

Tolleson began last season as the Rangers' closer, but he wound up posting a 7.68 ERA over 37 appearances and was removed from the 40-man roster. You'd think even after the rough year that he'd be able to land a major league contract from someone, but apparently that's not the case.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 07:55:00 PM

Shawn Tolleson said Monday that he's not ruling out a return to the Rangers.

Tolleson elected free agency last week after the Rangers removed him from their 40-man roster, but he said he's "not closing any doors" on a potential return. That said, he should be able to get a guaranteed contract somewhere and it's unclear whether the Rangers would be willing to give him one at this point. Tolleson had a really rough 2016 with a 7.68 ERA over 37 appearances, but he could easily bounce back to be a solid reliever in 2017.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 07:21:00 PM

Shawn Tolleson has elected to become a free agent.

Tolleson chose to test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. The 28-year-old notched 35 saves last season, but he lost his closer gig early on this year and had a miserable 7.68 ERA over 37 appearances. He also spent some time in the minors and missed time with a back injury. He'll hope for a fresh start elsewhere.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 05:07:00 PM

Rangers sent RHP Shawn Tolleson outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

The less said about Tolleson's showing this past season, the better. He pitched to a dreadful 7.68 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over 36 1/3 innings, losing his closer's job in the process and eventually ending the season on the 60-day disabled list due to a back injury.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 05:19:00 PM

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