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Banister Shows Confidence in Tolleson

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the top of the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 29, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Shawn Tolleson was pretty awesome as a closer for the Rangers after he took over for the fallen star known as Neftali Feliz in May of last season.

    From the time he took over as the Rangers' closer, he converted 35 of his 37 save chances.

    He's been slow to go this spring after missing a lot of the spring with injuries, the same as last season, but Rangers skipper Jeff Banister said he has lost no confidence in Tolleson.

    "There is no reason for concern," Banister told reporters. "He looks like he's been maybe one outing behind the other guys. He's still just trying to find his rhythm. He will find that rhythm. Shawn Tolleson will close for us this year."

    The key is, he may not be the only closer. Last year, Banister preached his "no-roles" bullpen and although Tolleson usually worked the ninth, there were a few instances when Banister played matchups and went with someone else such as Sam Dyson instead.

    But make no mistake, until Tolleson and his low-90s fastball loses the closer's job, he's going to be the Rangers' primary closer.