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Chad Qualls | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/17/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Nevada
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Astros activated RHP Chad Qualls from the 15-day disabled list.
Qualls was suffering from a pinched nerve in his neck, but he made rapid progress in his rehab. Prior to the injury, he held a tough 5.11 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 24 2/3 innings. Jul 10 - 4:16 PM

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Chad Qualls (neck) will make his second minor league rehab appearance Thursday with Double-A Corpus Christi.

Qualls, out since June 25 with a pinched nerve in his neck, tossed a scoreless inning in his first appearance on Tuesday. He could join the Astros as soon as this weekend.
Jul 9 - 5:58 PM

Chad Qualls (neck) will appear in a game for Double-A Corpus Christi on Tuesday in preparation for his activation from the disabled list.

As a veteran reliever, Qualls won't need a lengthy rehab stint and Tuesday's Double-A appearance could well be the only one he makes before rejoining the big club. He's eligible to return from the disabled list on Thursday.
Jul 7 - 4:56 PM

Chad Qualls (neck) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi later this week.

He should only need one or two rehab appearances before being activated. Qualls is eligible to return on Friday after missing time with a pinched nerve in his neck.
Jul 5 - 12:19 PM

Astros placed RHP Chad Qualls on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 25, with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Qualls is expected back when his 15 days are up. The reliever had been struggling of late with an 8.53 ERA over his last nine appearances, and perhaps the injury offers an explanation.
Jun 26 - 2:31 PM

With Luke Gregerson getting the night off, Chad Qualls pitched a hitless ninth for his fourth save Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Four saves in six weeks is pretty darn good for a setup guy. We're guessing the Astros didn't want to use Gregerson for a second straight night after he had just missed a few days with a family emergency. He should be ready to go tomorrow.
May 14 - 11:11 PM

Despite giving up an RBI double, Chad Qualls picked up his third save Saturday against the Angels.

Qualls is filling in for Luke Gregerson while the Astros' closer is absent. He's given up runs in back-to-back outings, but he'll probably still be the choice next time a save chance arises.
May 10 - 12:00 AM

Chad Qualls gave up a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, resulting in a loss as the Astros fell 2-1 to the Rangers on Monday.

Qualls allowed a leadoff double to Adrian Beltre, then followed that up by allowing a single to Kyle Blanks to push Beltre to third base. Qualls struck out Rougned Odor, revealing light at the end of the tunnel, but Robinson Chirinos hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the go-ahead run. Qualls, typically setting up for closer Luke Gregerson, has mostly been solid, sporting a 3.48 ERA with a 14/2 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings.
May 4 - 11:19 PM

Chad Qualls retired the only batter he faced Friday to pick up his second save against the A's.

Qualls was the third pitcher of the 11th, getting Brett Lawrie to fly out to center to end the game with the tying run on second. It's Qualls' second save in four days, but the Astros won't be replacing Luke Gregerson anytime soon.
Apr 25 - 2:00 AM

Chad Qualls struck out two batters in a clean ninth inning to record his first save as the Astros earned a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.

Qualls was filling in for regular closer Luke Gregerson, who had pitched on three consecutive days with a total of 41 pitches. Qualls made quick work of the Mariners, striking out Kyle Seager and Justin Ruggiano before getting Logan Morrison to ground out to shortstop to end the game. Barring injuries, Qualls shouldn't see save situations with any regularity.
Apr 22 - 1:23 AM

Chad Qualls still has a perfect ERA this spring after pitching a scoreless inning Monday against the Braves.

Qualls has allowed one hit and an unearned run through four innings. The Astros have yet to name a closer, and it's possible Qualls will get the job, though Luke Gregerson remains the favorite. Qualls went 19-for-25 saving games for Houston last year.
Mar 16 - 5:04 PM

Chad Qualls picked up his 19th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Friday's 3-1 win over the Mets.

Qualls, who has been bothered by a hip injury lately, had blown two of his previous three attempts. He had no issue getting past the Mets on Friday, however. Qualls is now 19-for-25 in save opportunities with a 3.33 ERA and a 43/5 K/BB ratio.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Chad Qualls notched a save Monday in his first appearance since Sept. 6, pitching a scoreless ninth in the Astros' 3-1 win over the Indians.

The Astros went right back to Qualls in the closer's role tonight, and he retired three of the four batters he faced in his return from a hip problem. Since he needed just 10 pitches, he could get the call again in a save chance on Tuesday.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 11:41:00 PM

Chad Qualls (hip) is available to pitch Monday.

Qualls hasn't pitched since September 6 due to an issue with his right hip. It's unlikely that the Astros will trust him with save chances right away, so hang on to Josh Fields and Tony Sipp in fantasy leagues.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 05:21:00 PM

Chad Qualls (hip) said Saturday that he's feeling better.

Qualls is dealing with an issue in his right hip that he thinks might be nerve-related. He's not sure when (or if) he'll be cleared to return to action, but it does appear a bit of progress is being made. The Astros have used Josh Fields and Tony Sipp in the ninth inning with Qualls out.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 10:41:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
1B1Chris Carter
2Jon Singleton
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
2Jed Lowrie
3Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Preston Tucker
CF1Jake Marisnick
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
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PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Scott Kazmir
3Scott Feldman
4Collin McHugh
5Lance McCullers
6Vincent Velasquez
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Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Will Harris
7Roberto Hernandez
8Samuel Deduno