DENVER — The Colorado Rockies have placed reliever Chad Qualls on the 15-day disabled list with an illness and recalled reliever Scott Oberg from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Qualls has not pitched for the Rockies since July 15 and is dealing with colitis, a chronic ailment.
“Honestly, I’m afraid to ask what colitis is,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Qualls has made 36 appearances for the Rockies this season, posting a 5.61 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings with six walks and 14 strikeouts.
Oberg has had a pair of brief stints with the Rockies this year, making nine appearances and allowing six runs on 14 hits in 13 1/3 innings, walking five and striking out eight. Since his most recent demotion to Albuquerque, Oberg has been excellent, allowing just two runs on three hits in 11 innings of work with four walks and 15 strikeouts.
“A lot of it has to do with just commanding his stuff,” Weiss said. “That’s what he’s doing, the fastball is very lively again, we think a lot of the kid.”
The long ball has been the main issue for Oberg in his big league career, as he has allowed a dozen of them in 71 2/3 career innings. However, he has allowed just one home run in 29 2/3 innings with the Isotopes in 2016.
“Just throwing strikes and getting ahead in the count, that’s what I’ve been working on,” Oberg said.