Shawn Tolleson was placed on the Major League family medical list so that he can spend some time with his ailing father in Allen.
Dr. Mark Tolleson, a Dallas veterinarian, has been diagnosed with colon cancer and Lymphoma in the past nine months.
“For the last two weeks, he’s not been feeling very good,” Shawn Tolleson said. “He’s just been at home, not a lot of energy, and spent about a week in the emergency room.”
Towards the end of last season he was diagnosed with Lymphoma and colon cancer, so he’s been battling. For the last two weeks, he’s not been feeling very good ... and spent about a week in the emergency room. This is really just an opportunity for me to be home and be there for my family.
Rangers Shawn Tolleson
The special list allows players to miss a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven days, with permission from the commissioners office.
“Right now at this moment, there is a need for Shawn to be with his father. We’re going to honor and respect that and give him time to do that,” Manager Jeff Banister said.
Infielder Jurickson Profar, who was going to be called up anyway with Rougned Odor’s seven-game suspension beginning Friday night, took Tolleson’s spot on the 25-man roster.
Players continue to accumulate major league service time. If an absence extends more than seven days, the club must resort to placing the player on the restricted list, where he is not paid and does not earn service time.
“It’s just tough time for my family … it’s just been hard for everybody,” he said. “This is really just an opportunity for me to be home and be there for my family.”
Tolleson said the decision to take a few days off was made Friday, but the health of his father has been “weighing heavily on me.”
“I’m not one to make excuses for myself as far as baseball goes. Guys go through a lot of stuff through the course of the season. We have lives just like everyone else. Everyone’s got a job they’ve got to perform in the midst of what life throws at you, so I don’t have any excuses for my performance on the field.”
Tolleson has struggled in the past couple of weeks and was removed as the closer after blowing a save on May 17. He rebounded in his next appearance on May 23, pitching a scoreless 1 1/3. But on Wednesday he allowed a three-run homer without retiring a batter.
“I’m healthy, I feel good. I try to not let what’s going on affect me here,” he said. “At the same time, some things are so important to you that they’re always on your mind. I just need to be home right now so that’s where I’m going.”