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Shawn Tolleson | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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 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. Mar 8 - 3:33 PM

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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.
Mar 3 - 5:27 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.
Feb 18 - 10:35 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.
Jan 23 - 7:24 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.
Jan 17 - 5:50 PM

MLB.com'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

Rangers recalled RHP Shawn Tolleson; placed him on the 60-day disabled list.

It's been an abysmal 2016 for Tolleson, who began the season as the Rangers' closer but went on to post a 7.68 ERA in 36 1/3 innings. He is officially done for the year.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 04:59:00 PM

Rangers optioned RHP Shawn Tolleson to Triple-A Round Rock.

It's been quite a fall for Tolleson, who began the season as the Rangers' closer. He's been knocked around for 12 runs this month to push his ERA for the season up to 7.68.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Rangers activated RHP Shawn Tolleson from the family medical emergency list.

Tolleson was away for a couple days to be with his father, who's battling cancer. He'll return to a setup role.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 04:17:00 PM

Shawn Tolleson is expected to return from the family medical emergency on Friday.

Tolleson is spending a week with his father Mark, who is battling cancer. Sam Dyson took over as the Rangers' closer in mid-May and has been great in the role so far.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 03:00:00 PM

Rangers placed RHP Shawn Tolleson on the family medical emergency list.

Tolleson is allowed to spend 3-7 days on the list. He was recently bumped from the Rangers' closer role.
Fri, May 27, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Shawn Tolleson has been informed that he is being moved out of the Rangers' ninth-inning role.

"It wasn't anything that surprised me," the right-hander said Wednesday after blowing his fourth save of the season Tuesday night via a walkoff grand slam by Khris Davis. Sam Dyson seems like the logical choice to step in. He's sitting on a 1.89 season ERA and has already picked up two saves through Tolleson's struggles.
Wed, May 18, 2016 01:41:00 PM

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4Curt Casali
5Luke Maile
1B1Logan Morrison
2Nick Franklin
2B1Brad Miller
2Ryan Brett
SS1Matt Duffy
2Tim Beckham
3Daniel Robertson
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Shane Peterson
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
RF1Steven Souza
2Jason Coats
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Alex Cobb
3Jake Odorizzi
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Chase Whitley
7Austin Pruitt
8Jaime Schultz
9Nathan Eovaldi
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Danny Farquhar
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Shawn Tolleson
7Ryan Garton
8Kevin Gadea
9Tommy Hunter
10Jumbo Diaz
11Justin Marks
12Cory Rasmus
13Diego Moreno