Qualls has agreed to a two-year deal with the Rockies. The Astros declined a team option on Qualls in November following a season in which he posted a 4.38 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 60 innings while chipping in four saves out of the Houston bullpen. The Rockies also agreed to terms with Jason Motte, and the team's bullpen configuration is not immediately clear, but both Qualls and Motte seem like upgrades over the younger returning options given their experience as late-inning contributors.
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 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 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 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.