Chad Qualls RP HOU 4 Days

Qualls took the loss in relief Wednesday, allowing three runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning against the Athletics.

Qualls (1-4) has allowed 11 runs in six relief appearances against Oakland this season, going 0-3 with two saves and a 24.75 ERA in those games.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 4 Days

Qualls will remain with the Astros for the rest of the season, MLB.com reports.

Qualls was claimed off waivers by the Tigers earlier in the week, but Wednesday's deadline for the teams to complete a trade passed without Qualls switching teams, and he can no longer be traded to any other squad. Qualls will continue working as the Astros' closer.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 5 Days

Qualls earned his 15th save of the season Tuesday with a scoreless frame against the A's.

Qualls was claimed off revocable waivers by the Tigers on Tuesday, but the veteran reliever did not let the news affect him in preserving a 4-2 win over Oakland. The Astros and Tigers have until Wednesday to work out a trade, but there's a strong likelihood Houston will pull Qualls off waivers rather than trade him.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 6 Days

Qualls has been claimed off of revocable waivers by the Tigers, MLive's James Schmehl reports.

With this development, Qualls could soon join the Tigers' bullpen. However, there is no guarantee that a deal will materialize, as the Astros do have the option of hanging on to their veteran closer. The two teams have until Wednesday to come to an agreement. Qualls has turned in a solid campaign in Houston to this point, converting 14-of-17 save chances while posting a 3.07 ERA and 38:5 K:BB ratio across 44 innings.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 9 Days

Qualls (back) pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Friday.

Qualls was unavailable for the final two games of the Yankees series due to back discomfort, but he got back on the hill Friday and retired the side on 14 pitches. After struggling in July (7.71 ERA), Qualls has now given up just one earned run in seven August appearances, thus further cementing himself into the closer role for Houston.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 11 Days

Qualls (back) said he's "probably unavailable" Thursday against the Rays, MLB.com reports.

Qualls did not pitch Wednesday due to discomfort in his back stemming from Friday's game. While it doesn't appear to be anything serious, Qualls could miss a few games in the short-term.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 11 Days

Qualls was not used in a save situation Wednesday due to minor back discomfort, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The sore back cost Qualls a potential save Wednesday night, but it appears to be just a short-term issue, as manager Bo Porter said Qualls would likely be available Thursday if needed. However, consider Qualls day-to-day until he is summoned from the bullpen next.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 12 Days

Qualls earned his 14th save of the season Tuesday night with a clean inning against the Yankees.

Qualls, who has been shaky in relief for the Astros over the past month, struck out a batter during the appearance. The veteran reliever owns a 3.14 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 38:5 K:BB over 43 innings this season.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 1 Month

The Astros are telling other teams that Chad Qualls isn't available, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.

If you're confused as to why Houston, miles outside of contention, is making a 35-year-old closer unavailable, we're with you. Qualls would have been a nice rental for a playoff hopeful. He is 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA and 11 saves in 15 chances, and is set to make a reasonable $3 million next year.

Chad Qualls RP HOU 1 Month

Called on to protect a three-run lead in the ninth, Chad Qualls instead gave up five runs while recording just two outs in a blown save against the A's on Tuesday.

The inning started well enough, with Qualls striking out Steven Vogt for the first out. Qualls actually got a second out with the score 4-3, but a Yoenis Cespedes RBI single tied the game and ended Qualls' night. All told, Qualls allowed four hits, walked one and threw a wild pitch before exiting. He's now allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, sullying what was previously a very strong year for the 35-year-old.