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Qualls (hip) earned his 18th save of the season Monday with a scoreless ninth inning against Cleveland.
Qualls was unavailable again Wednesday due to a nagging hip injury, MLB.com reports. "I don't know if it's a tight hip that's putting pressure on a nerve back there," Qualls said. "I get a warm feeling like in a 6-inch [region] down the side of my leg. When I sit down or lay down, it really doesn't hurt, and if I walk around, it gets irritated or something."
Qualls took the loss in relief Wednesday, allowing three runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning against the Athletics.
Qualls has been claimed off of revocable waivers by the Tigers, MLive's James Schmehl reports.
Qualls was not used in a save situation Wednesday due to minor back discomfort, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Qualls (1-3) took the loss in relief on Thursday after serving up a solo home run to Nolan Reimold in the ninth inning of a tie game against the Blue Jays. He struck out two during his inning of work.
Qualls (1-2) took the loss on Tuesday after giving up five runs on four hits and a walk with a strikeout and a wild pitch over 0.2 innings against the Athletics.
Qualls nailed down his eighth save of the season Monday, permitting a hit while striking out a batter in a scoreless ninth to preserve the Astros' 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Qualls was effectively named the closer by manager Bo Porter on Friday, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Qualls earned the win in relief Wednesday, retiring the final two batters in the ninth inning of a tie game before the Astros walked off against the Rangers in the bottom of the frame.
Qualls' chances of picking up more saves for the Astros increased Wednesday when Anthony Bass (ribs) was placed on the disabled list.
Qualls (illness) pitched a scoreless ninth Sunday against Baltimore to pick up his second save of the season.
Manager Bo Porter indicated Qualls (illness) was feeling better Sunday but wouldn't say whether or not the right-hander would be available in relief, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Astros manager Bo Porter said Qualls was unavailable Saturday due to a sinus issue, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Qualls and Anthony Bass will share the closing duties for the Astros for the time being, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.