Not only was it not true, Charlie Manuel said again there is no physical reason why Qualls, who had a 1.17 earned run average in his first eight appearances of the season, was hit so hard in his next four outings: a 10.13 ERA and a .571 opponent batting average.
"It's just a matter of getting him out on the mound, letting him have a clean inning," the manager said. "Coming out of spring training, his sinker and slider were really good. He's still there. He's just given up some hits.
"Every now and then something will be aching or hurting him, but he's fine."
Qualls pitched the ninth inning Friday night, striking out two and allowing one hit in the Phillies 7-3 win.