Jake Peavy to undergo season-ending surgery next week

4 Comments

It’s official. Jake Peavy will undergo season-ending surgery next Wednesday in Chicago to repair the
detached latissimus dorsi in his right shoulder, according to Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune.

While Peavy hopes to be ready for the start of spring training next season, he cautioned about the unique nature of his particular injury.

“We hope to be up and throwing by spring training,” Peavy said Friday.
“Obviously, this is uncharted territory because it’s not common. While
(pitchers) have torn lats, they’ve never (had it) completely torn off
the bone with no attachments left. And that’s where we’re at. We’re
hoping, around the start of the season, to be back in action.”

“Nobody has had the surgery in baseball that we know of,” he said. “So I
guess I’m a guinea pig and (we’ll) see how it turns out.”

Yikes. Peavy, 29, will make $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012. The White Sox hold a $22 million club option on Peavy for 2013 or a $4 million buyout. Hopefully it doesn’t become an albatross.

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images
1 Comment

The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

7 Comments

The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.