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Phillies designate Qualls for assignment

The Philadelphia Phillies designated relief pitcher Chad Qualls for assignment on Thursday.

Qualls, the 33-year-old right-hander, allowed three runs on three hits in one inning of work in Wednesday's 11-7 loss to the Pirates. For the season, the California native went 1-1 with a 4.60 earned run average and five blown saves in 35 appearances.

After beginning the season with six consecutive scoreless outings, opposing batters have hit .333 against him since, with Qualls pitching to a 5.68 ERA.

The Phils also selected the contracts of pitchers Brian Sanches and Jeremy Horst from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Sanches was 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA in three previous games for Philly from May 2-9.

Horst pitched to a 2-1 record and 2.11 ERA in 26 games for the IronPigs in 2012.

Pitcher Joe Savery was optioned to Triple-A following Wednesday night's game. Savery went 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in 17 major league appearances this season. He was charged with five runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings in Wednesday's defeat.

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