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June 30, 2017 06:16 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 27, 2017 02:20 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Activated from DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 22, 2017 01:08 AM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Expects to be activated when ready
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (back) got through a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday with no issues, 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.

June 18, 2017 01:16 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Hits DL with back spasms
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 14, 2017 11:24 AM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Longtime veteran using defense to his advantage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 23, 2017 11:00 AM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Touched up over weekend
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls served up three runs in just one-third of an inning Saturday, raising his ERA to 5.19.

The veteran reliever had been a major contributor in the bullpen's success this season, as his ERA sat at a stellar 2.16 prior to the debacle. He's not going to get too many high-leverage innings with many other hurlers ahead of him in the pecking order, but six of his nine outings have been scoreless, so Qualls is at least making the most of his opportunities.

April 26, 2017 04:24 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Activated from DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (forearm) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

Qualls opened the season on the DL due to the forearm strain, but after completing a six-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque, the Rockies felt comfortable signing off on his return to the big club. He's expected to work in the middle innings for the Rockies, but doesn't figure to be deployed as one of the primary setup men to closer Greg Holland.

April 13, 2017 06:08 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Begins rehab assignment Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (forearm) pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout Tuesday night with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Along with the strikeout, another positive sign from the appearance was that eight of the right-hander's 13 pitches went for strikes. It's unclear whether the Rockies want Qualls to appear in another minor league game prior to returning to the big-league bullpen, but things should become clearer in the coming days. Regardless of the timeline, Qualls appears to be on the verge of returning to action.

April 9, 2017 11:20 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Ready for rehab assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (forearm) threw a simulated game Saturday and is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the next couple days, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.

Back with the team as of Saturday, the veteran reliever faced teammates Stephen Cardullo, Christhian Adames and Alexi Amarista in the outing. Manager Bud Black liked what he saw out of Qualls, commenting that he "looks as though his stuff was Chad Qualls-like. Good sinker, hard slider and a change." If Black's read is correct, it seems like the right-hander could be back with the Colorado bullpen as soon as Friday as long as his impending rehab assignment goes without a hitch.

April 7, 2017 12:24 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Bullpen session on tap for Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (forearm) is expected to rejoin the Rockies and throw another bullpen session Saturday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

The veteran reliever tossed a bullpen session Wednesday back in Arizona, and it seems like he's on track to return to game action soon. If all goes well following Saturday's outing, Qualls is expected to head on a rehab assignment shortly thereafter, after which a firmer timetable for his return should come out.

April 2, 2017 03:08 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Added to disabled list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (forearm) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday.

Qualls has been dealing with forearm tightness over the past month and will open the season on the disabled list in order to continue his rehab. The 38-year-old will be eligible to return on April 12.

March 30, 2017 04:16 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Likely to miss start of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (forearm) will not be ready for the regular season, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.

The right-hander was initially hoping to return to game action prior to the conclusion of spring training, and although that isn't completely out of the question, he still won't be at a point where he'll be able to comfortably appear in regular-season games. Qualls struggled significantly last season in his first year of a two-year contract, and he'll need to prove his worth once he's healthy if he wants to be used in anything beyond a middle relief role in 2017.

March 25, 2017 12:28 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Eyes return during spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (forearm) is scheduled to throw a full bullpen session with the hope of appearing in a game before the end of March, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.

The veteran reliever's status for Opening Day is still up in the air, but if he can progress through these steps in his recovery unscathed, he could return to Colorado's relief corps in time for the regular season. However, Qualls' fantasy impact is relatively minimal due to how far down the pecking order for saves he is, as well as how much he struggled during his first season with the Rockies (5.23 ERA, 1.59 WHIP).

March 21, 2017 02:28 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Does some throwing Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (forearm) was able to throw off flat ground Monday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

With Opening Day less than two weeks away and Qualls having yet to receive clearance for mound work, it's looking increasing likely that he'll be forced to the DL to begin the season while he continues to recover from right forearm soreness. Qualls is far down the pecking order for closing duties and won't warrant interest even in most NL-only leagues after compiling a 5.23 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 22:9 K:BB ratio in 32.2 innings last season.

March 12, 2017 02:36 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Set to begin throwing Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls, who hasn't pitched since March 1 due to forearm tightness, expects to resume throwing Monday, Thomas Harding of reports.

The veteran reliever pitched in two Cactus League games earlier this spring, but he reportedly felt his forearm tighten up following the second outing. Regardless, it seems as if his status is improving with each day, but a timetable for his return to game action should come forth as he begins to ramp up his throwing again.

February 16, 2017 04:25 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Not locked into big league bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls is completely healthy heading into spring training, although there's no guarantee that he'll stick on the major league roster out of spring training, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

New manager Bud Black attributes much of Qualls' 2016 struggles to injury woes, although the only thing really working in the veteran reliever's favor at this point is a wealth of major league service time. Now 38 years old, Qualls will need to prove that he can continue to get big league hitters out during spring training in order to maintain his role in Colorado's relief corps, especially now that veterans Greg Holland and Mike Dunn, as well as younger incumbents like Miguel Castro, Scott Oberg and Carlos Estevez all vying for major league innings.

August 19, 2016 07:49 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Activated from DL Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (illness) was activated from the 15-day DL on Friday.

Qualls last pitched for the club on July 15. He sports just a 5.61 ERA on the season. Carlos Estevez was subsequently optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. Qualls reportedly lost 16 points while he dealt with a stomach ailment, but he is feeling well again.

August 11, 2016 01:18 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Begins rehab assignment Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (illness) will commence a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders reports.

He apparently lost 16 pounds due to the stomach ailment, but is feeling fine now, and will work to return to the Rockies, perhaps as soon as late next week. The Rockies are now on their third closer of the season (Adam Ottavino), but Qualls should return to a middle relief role when healthy.

July 23, 2016 07:20 PM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Lands on 15-day DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls (illness) was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday.

The official diagnosis for Qualls is colitis, which is an inflammatory reaction in the colon. Scott Oberg was recalled in a corresponding move. With the DL stint backdated to July 16, Qualls will be eligible to return before the end of the month, but it's uncertain if he'll be ready by then.

June 26, 2016 01:24 AM
Rockies' Chad Qualls: Pitching decently outside of couple big innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Qualls is sporting a 5.64 ERA to go with only 10 strikeouts through 21.2 innings out of the bullpen this season.

Qualls seems to be very hit or miss this season. In his last 14 appearances, 11 of them have been scoreless (although it usually came with a hit scattered somewhere in the appearance). However, when he does allow runs, they come in bunches. The three instances where he did give up runs, the right-hander gave up three runs in two of them and two runs in the other. Despite the measly strikeout rate, Qualls has shown some signs of being a solid reliever, but the terrible outings he mixes in every now and then are limiting his ability to garner a whole lot of high-leverage innings.

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