Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:25:43 -0700
Houston Astros CL Chad Qualls (back) allowed one hit in one scoreless inning against the Cleveland Indians Friday, Aug. 22. He had been sidelined for several days because of a sore back.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:37:45 -0700
Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls (back) said his back injury is not serious and does not expect to be placed on the 15-day disabled list. He said he had a similar injury earlier this season and it was no big deal. He does not think he will be available to pitch Thursday, Aug. 21.
Fantasy Tip: Qualls probably will sit out a few games because of the injury but should be back in the near future. Jose Veras probably is the leading candidate to close out games while Qualls is sidelined.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:50:40 -0700
Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls (back) was unavailable Wednesday, Aug. 20, against the New York Yankees due to back discomfort, manager Bo Porter said.
Fantasy Tip: With Qualls unavailable, it was Jose Veras coming in to nail down the save. It's uncertain how long Qualls will be sidelined, but it doesn't sound terribly serious.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:57:37 -0700
Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls is likely to stay put at the upcoming non-waiver trade deadline. They've told teams that he's unavailable.
Fantasy Tip: If Qualls were to leave town, Jose Veras or another less enticing reliever or relievers would slide into the saves picture.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:50 -0700
Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls probably won't be traded, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow. "I hesitate to use the word 'untouchable,' but he likes it here, he's comfortable here and he's pitching well," Luhnow said.
Fantasy Tip: Maybe he's a long-term investment for them, or they're waiting for the right deal and it hasn't come their way yet. Don't write off the possibility, but Qualls' owners have to like the increasing chances he remains in save chances during his big rebound season.
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:44:31 -0700
Several teams have expressed interest in Houston Astros CL Chad Qualls, according to a major league source.
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 07:30:35 -0700
The Detroit Tigers are interested in Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria, Texas Rangers RP Jason Frasor, and Houston Astros RP Chad Qualls, according to league sources.
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:35:42 -0700
Houston Astros CL Chad Qualls blew his second save of the season Thursday, June 12.
Fantasy Tip: He has a bit of rope in that beleaguered bullpen.
Fri, 16 May 2014 14:11:11 -0700
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said RP Chad Qualls is his closer.
Fantasy Tip: This move was more or less already assumed, since Porter had announced a week ago that he'd use Qualls and Anthony Bass to close, and now Bass is on the disabled list. Qualls has been pitching better of late and should be owned in all leagues.
Fri, 02 May 2014 14:12:16 -0700
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said RP Josh Fields will not pitch in high-pressure innings for a while. The team will go with a combination of RPs Chad Qualls and Anthony Bass to close, for now.
Fantasy Tip: Qualls started the year as the favorite to close out games with Jesse Crain (shoulder) on the DL, but a rough start ended those hopes. He'll get another shot, along with fellow righty Bass. Qualls has more experience in the role and should be your first target on the waiver wire. Bass is a consolation prize. None of these options particularly stick out, however, so don't rule out Fields or even Raul Valdes usurping Qualls or Bass before Crain returns later this month.