MLB notes: Tigers set sights on Astros closer Qualls

Houston Astros closer Chad Qualls has reportedly been claimed on revocable waivers by the Detroit...

Houston Astros closer Chad Qualls has reportedly been claimed on revocable waivers by the Detroit Tigers. (USA Today)

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The Detroit Tigers have not stopped trying to shore up their shaky bullpen.

According to MLB.com, the Tigers have claimed Houston Astros closer Chad Qualls on a revocable waiver claim. Detroit now has until Wednesday to strike a deal with the 36-year-old.

Qualls has saved 14 of 17 opportunities this season with a 3.07 ERA. In 44 innings, Qualls has walked only five batters, two of them intentionally.

He is under contract through the 2015 season and his deal includes a $3.5 million option for the 2016 season.

Detroit has been looking for bullpen help with closer Joe Nathan having an erratic season and Joakim Soria on the disabled list. Former Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson signed a minor league deal with Detroit on Aug. 7. While he earned a win over the weekend, Johnson, like Nathan, has been unreliable during his short stint with the Tigers.

EATON REJOINS SOX

The Chicago White Sox activated outfielder Adam Eaton from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday after a rehab stint in the minor leagues.

Eaton suffered a strained oblique muscle earlier this month and was sidelined for nearly three weeks.

In two weekend minor league rehab games with Triple-A Charlotte, Eaton went 3-for-10 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base.

The 25-year-old Eaton was in the midst of a good first season with the White Sox before the injury, batting .304 with one home run and 32 RBIs and a .370 on-base percentage in 94 games.

Eaton came to the White Sox during the offseason in a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks involving pitcher Hector Santiago.

SOLER GETTING THE CALL

One of the talented young players in the well-stocked Chicago Cubs' farm system is expected to be called up to the big leagues.

According to reports, Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler will join the Cubs before Wednesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

The 22-year-old Soler is batting .338 this season in the minor leagues with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs for Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee and the Cubs' rookie league team in Mesa, Ariz.

Soler was removed from Iowa's game against Tacoma on Monday night after belting a three-run homer, his eighth home run of the season for the Triple-A team, off Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Soler, called a "freakish athlete" by one of his teammate, defected from Cuba in 2011 and signed a nine-year, $30 million contract with the Cubs in June 2012.

The Cubs, in last place in the National League East and trailing the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers by 14 1/2 games, have started to bring some of their top prospects to the majors. The most recent of the call-ups was outfielder Matt Szczur, a fifth-round draft pick in 2010. Other young players on the Cubs' roster include Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara.

RAYS’ HANIGAN RETURNS

After missing six weeks with a strained oblique muscle, Tampa Bay catcher Ryan Hanigan was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Hanigan was injured before the All-Star break. He has played in 61 games this season after coming to the Rays from the Cincinnati Reds during the offseason, batting .212 with four home runs and 27 RBIs.

The 34-year-old is expected to split time behind the plate with Jose Molina in the final weeks of the season.


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