Chad Qualls has appeared in 51 games for the Astros this season. He has given up 50 hits and 18 earned runs over 45.2 innings. (Bob Levey / Getty Images)
Detroit – They met for at least an hour – leading to speculation, of course, that the Tigers were up to something.
When the team’s front office / coaching staff confab was over on Thursday morning, however, manager Brad Ausmus said only, “You know I can’t discuss it.”
The conversation couldn’t have been about Chad Qualls, the relief pitcher the Tigers claimed earlier in the week from the Houston Astros on revocable waivers – meaning they had 48 hours to make a deal for him.
The 48-hour window expired Wednesday – and when it was mentioned in semi-jest to Ausmus at his Thursday morning media session that Qualls isn’t here, he didn’t say whether a deal got close to being made.
He said only, “Chad Qualls is not here.”
Relief pitcher Joakim Soria is getting closer to returning to the Tigers (he’s been on the DL since Aug. 10 with a left oblique strain), but he’s not close in the sense of being able to pitch in the next couple of days.
“He’s thrown the last two days,” said Ausmus. “Today is rest, and I believe that (Friday) will be a matter of extending him even farther for a few days.
“But I’m not precisely sure at this point when he will be throwing off the mound.”