Jose Reyes might be back Monday. Maybe.

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One thing we’ve learned about Jerry Manuel during his tenure as Mets’ skipper? Don’t trust him in regards to timelines. So take what he told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com with a grain of salt.

“He was a lot better today,” Manuel said about Reyes after Friday’s 1-0
loss to the Giants. “He took batting practice on the field. We’ll see
how he feels tomorrow. I expect and anticipate him to be a little sore
from using those muscles. Hopefully either Sunday, maybe more like
Monday, he should be ready to go.”

The interesting part about Rubin’s story is that scouts at AT&T Park “appeared in disbelief” that the Mets
allowed Reyes to take batting practice on Friday, one day after he was shut down from baseball activities. David Wright expressed similar dismay when Reyes was allowed to take batting practice last Sunday, just one day after he re-aggravated his right oblique.

The disabled list is still a possibility here. If the Mets ultimately decided to go that route, Reyes could be backdated to return for the first game of a six-game homestand on July 27.

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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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

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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.