With all of the bad injury luck the Texas Rangers have had over the past calendar year or so, especially when it comes to their pitching, there was a collective cringe across DFW on Wednesday when it was announced relief pitcher Shawn Tolleson — one of the bright spots of an awful 2014 season — would have to undergo an MRI after he'd been battling forearm soreness for about a week.
The MRI results were announced on Thursday and amazingly, it was clean with no noted damage.
Tolleson will now go back to throwing again, but at this point it's hard to imagine him starting the season on big-league roster. He'll likely be placed on disabled list retroactively and could begin throwing and possibly pitch in a minor-league game or two before joining the Rangers shortly after the season begins.
Nothing's official though, he could get right back in the swing of things and surprise some people, but the Rangers need to be careful with him as he's looking to be a possible setup man candidate depending on how Tanner Scheppers does and will easily be a huge piece to the bullpen as a seventh-inning bridge.