Qualls was designated for assignment prior to Friday's game. The reliever returned from a back injury Monday, and earned two appearances on the mound against the Giants this past week. During his time on the bump, Qualls allowed two earned runs off four hits while just recording three outs, bloating his ERA to 5.40 for the season. The 38-year-old has been in the majors since 2005, and has been a part of the Rockies organization for the last year and a half.
Qualls (back) was activated from the disabled list Monday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. As expected, Qualls is back in the Rockies' bullpen after the minimum stay on the disabled list. The 38-year-old owns a 4.60 ERA and 9:5 K:BB through 15.2 innings of relief this season.
Qualls (back) got through a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday with no issues, MLB.com reports. The veteran right-hander landed on the DL earlier in the week due to back spasms, though he appears to be progressing well. Qualls, who said he felt normal during Wednesday's bullpen, believes he'll be ready to return from the disabled list when first eligible next week.
Qualls was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with lower back spasms, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. This is the first report of Qualls being plagued by back discomfort. This injury may be attributable to his past two shaky relief outings in which he allowed two earned runs over his previous 1.2 innings of work. Carlos Estevez has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.
Qualls has an ERA of 4.11 and WHIP of 1.11 in 15.1 innings out of the bullpen this season for Colorado. It's been a pleasant surprise of a season for the 38-year-old, who is putting together his best body of work since 2014 when he had an ERA of 3.33 and WHIP of 1.15. He's only struck out nine, but his defense is cleaning up the contact he is allowing and holding runners to a .208 average on balls put in play. His walk rate of 2.9 per nine innings is slightly higher than his career average, but overall there isn't much to complain about with a pitcher as old as he is.
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