Chad Qualls RP HOU 2 months ago

Qualls (neck) was reinstated from the 15-day DL on Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

When Qualls landed on the disabled list June 26, Astros GM Jeff Lunhow said that he expected the reliever to be back after the minimum 15 days. Qualls made a quick recovery and made a pair of rehab appearances this week before coming off the DL. In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned Brett Oberholtzer to Triple-A Fresno.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 2 months ago

Qualls (neck) will make another rehab appearance Thursday and could join the Astros in Tampa this weekend, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

Whether Qualls joins the Astros for the final series before the break will depend upon how many pitches he throws Thursday. If he goes beyond what the team expects, they'll likely wait until after the break to bring him off the DL.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 2 months ago

Qualls (neck) will join Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday for a minor league rehab stint that should last at least two outings, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The veteran right-hander is scheduled to pitch Tuesday. Wednesday is a planned day off before another possible outing Thursday. The earliest he could be activated is Friday for the start of a three-game series against the Rays.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 2 months ago

Qualls (neck) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Corpus Christi at some point this week, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

Qualls has made it through his recent bullpen sessions with no complications, so the team will allow him to resume facing hitters and work his way toward a return. Look for the reliever to be back with the Astros immediately after the All-Star break.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 2 months ago

Qualls (neck) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is optimistic Qualls will be ready to return after the minimum 15 days. Having last pitched June 24, the setup man will be eligible to return July 10.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 4 months ago

Qualls struck out a batter during a scoreless inning of relief Tuesday against Oakland to pick up his fifth hold of the season.

While Luke Gregerson opened 2015 as the Astros' closer and has kept the role through the first month-and-a-half of the season, Qualls has maintained his fantasy value with a win, four saves, five holds, a 2.93 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 18:3 K:BB ratio over 15.1 innings.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 4 months ago

Qualls, who stepped into the closer role Thursday in the absence of Luke Gregerson (personal), earned his fourth save of the season against Toronto.

Qualls needed only 12 pitches (nine thrown for strikes) to retire Kevin Pillar, Chris Colabello and Ryan Goins in order. He struck out one during the appearance and lowered his ERA to 3.38 this season.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 4 months ago

Qualls earned his first win of the season in relief Wednesday against San Francisco.

The veteran right-hander struck out a better during a perfect eighth inning of a 3-3 tie before the Astros took the lead in the bottom of the frame. Qualls, who temporarily filled the closer role for Houston while Luke Gregerson was on the Family Medical Emergency List, has a .176 BAA and 16:3 K:BB ratio with three saves and four holds in 14 appearances this season.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 4 months ago

Qualls will likely step into the closer role temporarily with Luke Gregerson being placed on the Family Medical Emergency List.

It's uncertain how long Gregerson may be away from the club, but Qualls figures to occupy the ninth-inning role in the meantime. Qualls gave up a run on two hits in an inning against Texas on Monday, but he's posted a .194 BAA and 14:2 K:BB with two saves and four holds in 12 appearances this season.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 4 months ago

Qualls gave up a run during the ninth inning of a tie game against the Rangers on Monday night and took his second loss of the season.

Despite the loss, Qualls (0-2) struck out two during the appearance and threw 14 of his 18 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander sports a 3.48 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 14:2 K:BB ratio over 10.1 innings for the Astros thus far.