Tampa Bay Rays right-handed relief pitcher Shawn Tolleson underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, according to a Friday afternoon report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
The veteran relief pitcher was an offseason signing of the Rays and was expected to immediately contribute to the club’s bullpen in 2017. However, instead, he has encountered the aforementioned elbow trouble while failing to appear in a single game as a member of the Rays upon arriving in Tampa Bay.
It is also worth noting that Tampa Bay originally signed Tolleson to a one-year contract worth $1 million this past offseason.
The 29-year-old relief pitcher most recently spent three seasons as a member of the Texas Rangers before transitioning to the American League East. Prior to his three-year stint in the American League West with Texas, Tolleson originally broke into the major leagues back in 2012 with two seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Last season, in what would become his final go-round with the Rangers, the right-hander produced a single-season career-worst 7.68 ERA over the course of 37 regular season appearances and 36.1 innings of work in all. He also tallied an even 2-2 record alongside 11 saves, one hold, four blown saves and 29 strikeouts against 10 walks.
For his big league career, Tolleson now sports a 3.92 ERA over the course of 215 regular-season relief appearances. Over the course of 218 innings of work in all, he has registered 46 saves, 16 holds and six blown saves.