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Chad Qualls’ foot injury feels like a “knife was going at the back of my heel”

Apr 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Chad Qualls, Chris Garner AP

Chad Qualls was unavailable to pitch yesterday because of a foot injury, which the Phillies reliever described as like a “knife was going at the back of my heel.”

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Qualls actually pitched through that pain Saturday, throwing a scoreless inning against the Pirates, but sat out yesterday’s game and is now scheduled to see a doctor back in Philadelphia.

One of Qualls’ biggest strengths is durability and he apparently doesn’t know how this injury occurred, but it caused the Phillies to use Kyle Kendrick on consecutive days for the first time in his career and could put a lot of stress on a bullpen that’s already without Jose Contreras.

  1. rohitohri - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I’m going to guess gout.

  2. pkswally024 - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    With Herdon once again giving up fat sinkers and pitching to guys like Andrew Mcutchen(spelling?) we need The second coming of A Chad to pitch well.

  3. kcq101 - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    This is tough. A further weakening to an already weak and weakened bullpen (Pap, aside). Hopefully it is not a recurring problem for Qualls.

    Many Phillies fans are focused on the big-name injuries of Howard and Utley as our biggest cause of concern. While these injuries are certainly going to affect the team’s offensive production and defense, to a lesser degree, I think our bullpen is of utmost concern (again, Pap, aside).

    Bastardo’s stuff is 5 mph below where he needs to be and has been through Spring Training. Stutes has had some injury problems and can’t seem to place his pitches. He also looks like he’s pitching scared at the first sign of trouble. Contreras is on the DL. Herndon is, well, Herndon. I’m surprised he’s on the team, yet again. Kendrick gives us glimpses of both hope and horror. Yet I remain optimistic for his performance this season.

    I’m not one of the loonies already on the ledge for the 2012 season, by any means. I think we can do more than just tread water with the juggling of Thome, Nix, Pierre, Wiggington, etc., considering our starting pitching. But in 2011 we had some luck with some of our bullpen guys, particularly Stutes and Bastardo, having great seasons (relative to expectations). It’s still early, but it wouldn’t appear that we can hold the same level of confidence this year for our collective bullpen performance.

    So somewhere in between the Howard/Utley injuries and a seemingly weaker bullpen we can still string some wins together. Our starting pitching, thought great, would seemingly have a tough time performing much better than they had last year. So with an improved NL East, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out in the end.

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