On the heels of Wednesday's bullpen beating, the Phillies have taken swift action, designating veteran right-hander Chad Qualls for assignment.
Beerleaguer: Not surprised in this respect: Qualls was a bad signing from the get-go with declining stuff and bad numbers away from Petco Park. I would have said a mid-season DFA was more than likely. But I am surprised in this respect: the Phils typically value experience and feel they're better off without him, right now, given the instability of the bullpen. The move doesn't necessarily a precursor to an outright release. The Phils needed to make a series of emergency moves just to survive today. Qualls wasn't helping and certainly wasn't going to help today. Qualls gives way to left-hander Jeremy Horst. Joe Savery, who was optioned back to Lehigh Valley earlier, clears room for Brian Sanches' latest stint.
The odds that Qualls clears waivers are better than 50/50. They'll have 10 days to decide his fate and see if these new guys work out. My opinion: he's probably cooked. Look at the gopherballs; seven already. The Pirates pounded him. No evidence of strikeout stuff. Just move on.