8/27/2014 8:31 P.M. ET
Petit plans to make good impression
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- In the lineup on Wednesday for the second game in a row and third time in five games, Gregorio Petit appreciates every opportunity he gets, especially since he hopes to make a good impression heading into the offseason.
Petit wants to remain with the organization next year and beyond, which would allow him to live at home, as he bought a house in the Houston area last offseason. Entering Wednesday, Petit had hit safely in eight of his 12 starts since being called up in July after a solid showing for much of the season at Triple-A.
"This has been a great experience," Petit said. "It's been a great opportunity for me. I appreciate it more than anybody can think, anybody can imagine. Of course, I'll be more than glad to be part of the Astros for the next year and for a long time.
"Even just by living here, it makes it way easier for me to be close to my kids and family and be able to be part of a Major League team. I'll be more than happy to be an Astro for a long time."
September figures to be a big month in which Petit can show what he can do, but he says it's really no different from any other time he takes the field.
"I'm trying to be the guy they need," he said. "Coming into September, I'm going to take any opportunity the manager gives me to be out there any time during the game."
Qualls to finish the season with Astros
HOUSTON -- As expected, veteran reliever Chad Qualls will remain with the Astros for the rest of the season. The Tigers placed a waiver claim on him earlier this week, but Qualls was still with the Astros when the deadline for the teams to work out a trade passed on Wednesday.
That means Qualls can't be traded for the remainder of the season, which is a relief to him.
"I know about as much as I knew two days ago, that I got claimed by the Tigers and nothing happened," Qualls said.
Qualls loosely kept up with the situation through the media, saying that no one on the team had contacted him. That's pretty standard, considering the waiver process is considered to be confidential, though names -- like Qualls' -- are sometimes leaked.
"Back in the day, you didn't even know you were on waivers, but with technology, people allegedly learn these things or it gets leaked or whatever," he said. "More information is out there for the public. It's not a big deal. It's part of the game, and you just go with it."
Qualls, who turned down a two-year deal with the Tigers last winter to remain closer to his home in Austin, is a valuable part of the Astros' bullpen and has another year remaining on his contract. He signed a two-year, $5.95 million deal with a $3.5 million club option for 2016 and has said repeatedly that he wants to end his career in Houston.