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50 Chad Qualls RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/235 | Birthdate: 8/17/1978 | Birthplace: Harbor City, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: Nevada-Reno | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $1,150,000 | Owned/Started%: 4/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Astros activate Chad Qualls from DL, option Brett Oberholtzer


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) The Astros made a pair of moves involving pitchers on Friday. Houston activated relief pitcher Chad Qualls from the 15-day disabled list, and optioned starter Brett Oberholtzer to Triple-A Fresno, the team announced.

Qualls has been out of the mix for the Astros since late June because of a pinched nerve in his trapezius and neck. During a rehab start Thursday he threw 2/3 of an inning and allowed two hits, including a home run.

Oberholtzer is 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA in multiple stints with the Astros this season.


Astros RP Chad Qualls doesn't impress in rehab start


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Astros relief pitcher Chad Qualls started the game for Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday, which couldn't have helped a guy used to throwing late into games.

Qualls wasn't impressive in the 2/3 of an inning he threw. He allowed two hits, a home run and a earn run. Overall, he threw 14 pitches -- 10 strikes -- in his second rehab outing.

Qualls hasn't pitched for the Astros since June 24 because of a pinched nerve in his trapezius and neck.


Astros RP Chad Qualls to throw rehab game, could be back soon


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Astros relief pitcher Chad Qualls will throw a Double-A rehab game on Thursday and could rejoin the team's rotation as soon as Friday, per the Houston Chronicle.

Qualls has not pitched since June 24 because of a pinched nerve in his trapezius and neck.


Astros pitcher Chad Qualls throws scoreless inning in rehab game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls threw a scoreless inning during a rehab assignment game at Double-A on Tuesday.

Qualls was expected to need at least two rehab outings before returning to the team. He has been sidelined since June 24 because of a pinched nerve in his trapezius and neck.


Astros pitcher Chad Qualls to begin rehab assignment Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls is expected to begin his rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A, reports the Houston Chronicle.

The rehab stint is expected to last at least two outings. Qualls has not pitched since June 24 because of a pinched nerve in his trapezius and neck.


Astros pitcher Chad Qualls nearing rehab assignment


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls was recently able to throw a bullpen session and he will pitch in one or two games at Double-A this week, reports the Houston Chronicle

Qualls is on the 15-day disabled list with a pinched nerve in his trapezius and neck.

"He's coming along great," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He threw a really good bullpen here in Boston, he played catch again [Sunday]. So that's very encouraging that we've solved the pain he had. We didn't think it was going to last the whole 15 days he had [to be out], but it was necessary to put him on there given the rest of the roster."


Astros send RP Chad Qualls to DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) The Astros have placed right-handed reliever Chad Qualls on the 15-day disabled list with a pinched nerve in his trapezius and neck, per Fox Sports.

General manager Jeff Luhnow has declared that he expects Qualls to miss only the minimum amount of time.

The team has also recalled first baseman Jon Singleton to replace him on the roster.

Qualls has struggled since his short stint as a closer. He has allowed nine runs on 15 hits in his last 9 1/3 innings pitched to send his ERA skyrocketing from 2.93 to 5.11.


Astros RP Chad Qualls picks up loss in relief on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Astros reliever Chad Qualls picked up the loss on Thursday, as the Orioles were winners 3-2. Qualls surrendered a solo home run to Adam Jones in the top of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. 

"It's totally my fault. Just a backup slider that I put on a tee & he hit it out. He did his job. I made a mistake pitch," Qualls said, per MLB.com

Qualls (1-3) has been rather ineffective as of late, as he has now given up five earned runs over his last five appearances. He sports a 4.43 ERA over 20 1/3 innings on the year.


Astros closer Luke Gregerson (rest) not available on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch confirmed that closer Luke Gregerson will not be available to pitch on Wednesday against the A's. Gregerson nearly cost the team a win on Tuesday when he gave up two runs in the ninth inning. He was pulled in favor of Pat Neshek who closed out the game and got the save.

Gregerson has appeared in three of the last four games for the Astros and has given up two runs in two of those performances. 

Hinch indicated that Neshek, Chad Qualls, Tony Sipp and Josh Fields are all options to close if a save is needed on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle.


Astros' Chad Qualls earns fourth save with perfect ninth


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Astros closer Chad Qualls pitched a perfect ninth inning to protect a two-run lead and earn his fourth save of the year, Thursday, against Toronto. 

Qualls struck out one and threw nine strikes in 12 pitches. He reduced his ERA to 3.38.


Astros reliever Chad Qualls notches third save of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Astros relief pitcher Chad Qualls worked himself out of trouble in the ninth inning in Houston's 6-5 win over the Angels on Saturday, earning his third save of the season.

Qualls struck out the first batter he faced in Carlos Perez before getting Matt Joyce to ground out. Then, after allowing an infield single, Qualls gave up a double to Kole Calhoun, driving in a run.

After intentionally walking Mike Trout, Qualls induced a ground out by Albert Pujols to end the game. Qualls moved his ERA to 3.97 with 15 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings of work.


With Luke Gregerson unavailable, Astros to turn to Chad Qualls


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) With Luke Gregerson placed on the family medical emergency list Friday, the Astros will turn to reliever Chad Qualls for their closer role, according to the Houston Chronical

“Chad Qualls has the most experience,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I’ve turned to him before when Luke’s been unavailable."

Qualls converted 19 of 25 save opportunities last year for the Astros. 

“We’ll probably match up for the most part the next couple of games. Qualls with the most experience is likely to get the responsibility if the lineup is where I want it to be.” Hinch added.


Astros RP Chad Qualls closes out extra-inning win at Oakland


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Astros reliever Chad Qualls earned his second save of the season during Friday's 5-4 win in 11 innings at Oakland, after closer Luke Gregerson and reliever Pat Neshek both struggled to close out the win.

Gregerson blew his first save of the season in the 10th inning, allowing Oakland to tie the game at 2. Neshek then came on to open the bottom of the 11th inning, but he was gone after allowing two runs on three hits in two-thirds inning. 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch brought on Tony Sipp to face Sam Fuld for the final out, but Sipp walked Fuld to put two runners on base. Hinch then called on Qualls, who retired Brett Lawrie on a fly out to deep center to end the rally.


Astros manager A.J. Hinch getting closer to assigning bullpen roles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday is getting closer to announcing bullpen roles, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“Once we get through that (back-to-back appearance) cycle of the work, we'll address roles," he said.

Hinch was referring to three candidates -- Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Chad Qualls -- who are up for the closer's role. Gregerson pitched on consecutive days Monday and Tuesday, Neshek is pitching Tuesday and Wednesday, and Qualls will also pitch on back-to-back days this week.


Astros manager A.J. Hinch on naming a closer: 'It'll take a while'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Saturday that he has somewhat of an idea who his closer will be this season, but declined to reveal any names, per the Houston Chronicle. Hinch noted that it "will take a while" before he names his closer.

"I think you got to let it play out," Hinch said. "I don't want to get too far in trying to make that happen in your own mind. But I do have an idea of how I think it's going to play out, but I'm not rushing to judgment, or, I'm not against changing my mind about half a dozen to 10 times between now and April. It's very, very premature.

"There's less need to sort of try out. Competing for it is sort of a hard way to describe it when you've got guys that have some credentials. So I'll stop calling it a competition, but it's more of an alignment of how we're going to use them."

Luke Gregerson signed a three-year, $18.5 million contract with the Astros, and is the highest-paid reliever on the roster. Chad Qualls was the ninth-inning man last season, and Pat Neshek, Tony Sipp and Josh Fields are all viable candidates for the gig.


Chad Qualls picks up 18th save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls struck out one, allowed one hit in a scoreless inning for the save Monday night against the Indians. He need 10 pitches to close out a 3-1 victory. Qualls has converted 18 of 23 save chances, with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 48 2/3 innings of work.

Chad Qualls will be available to pitch Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls will be available to pitch out of the bullpen Monday night against the Indians, interim manager Tom Lawless told the Houston Chronicle. Qualls has been sidelined since Sept. 6 with a right hip injury. He owns a 3.59 ERA and 40:5 K:BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings.

Chad Qualls unavailable Tuesday with hip issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to a minor right hip injury, MLB.com reports.

Qualls' absence allowed Josh Fields to pick up his fourth save of the season in the Houston win. Qualls is day to day with the hip injury. He owns a 3.59 ERA and 40:5 K:BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings.


Chad Qualls blows save, picks up loss Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls had a rough outing Saturday against the Athletics.

Qualls entered the game with a two-run lead in the ninth. While he only had to get two outs to finish things off, he had to pitch with two runners already on base. Qualls wasn't up to the task, immediately giving up a game-tying double. With the winning run at second, Qualls allowed a walkoff single to Jed Lowrie. 

Qualls did not record an out. He gave up one run on two hits during the outing. He dropped to 1-5 following the outing. 


Chad Qualls saves his 17th game Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls picked up his 17th save Wednesday against the Angels.

Qualls entered with a three-run lead and had no issue shutting the door. He faced just three batters, inducing three groundouts to end the game. Qualls tossed seven pitches, six of which were strikes. 


Chad Qualls can't shut the door Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros closer Chad Qualls blew a save Wednesday against the Athletics.

Qualls entered with a one-run lead, and couldn't come up with the save. After a leadoff single and a steal put a base-runner in scoring position, Qualls gave up a game-tying single. With a man on, and two outs, Qualls gave up a two-run shot to Sam Fuld. He was pulled after giving up another single. 

The Astros couldn't mount a comeback, giving Qualls the loss. He dropped to 1-4.


Chad Qualls staying with Astros


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Astros reliever Chad Qualls will stay with Houston, according to MLB.com.

Qualls was claimed on waivers by the Tigers, but the two sides couldn't agree on a contract. Qualls is not eligible to be dealt for the rest of the season. He's posted a 3.00 ERA over 45 innings. 


Chad Qualls picks up 15th save Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls picked up his 15th save Tuesday against the Athletics.

Qualls entered the game with a two-run lead. He tossed a perfect inning, notching one strikeout in the process. Qualls threw 14 pitches, 11 of which were strikes. He lowered his ERA to 3.00 with the outing. 


Report: Tigers put in claim for Chad Qualls


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) The Tigers were the team that claimed Astros reliever Chad Qualls, ESPN.com reports Tuesday.

The Tigers will have until Wednesday to figure out a trade for Qualls, though the Astros also have the ability to pull him off waivers without sending him to Detroit. Qualls has 14 saves with a 3.07 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 44 innings for the Astros this season, and is under contract for $3 million next season. 


Chad Qualls claimed on waivers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Astros pitcher Chad Qualls has been claimed on revocable waivers Monday, according to FoxSports.com.

Qualls will either be traded, pulled back or let go by Wednesday. It's not clear which team put in the claim for Qualls. Over 44 innings, Qualls has a 3.07 ERA.