Tom Gorzelanny has hairline fracture in pinkie finger

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Cubs left-hander Tom Gorzelanny was lifted from his Wednesday start against the Pirates after just 2 2/3 innings when he was nailed in the pitching hand by a comebacker.  An MRI was taken almost immediately but it showed nothing in the way of a fracture.

Well, the news got worse Thursday.  According to Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune, a CT scan has revealed an incomplete hairline fracture underneath the fingernail of his left pinkie finger.

The Cubs have scratched Gorzelanny from his next scheduled start and may end up shutting him down for the year if a week of rest doesn’t do any good.  A replacement has not been named and Carlos Silva hasn’t been very effective down in the minors, but he is probably still an option.

Gorzelanny has posted a decent enough 7-8 record, 3.90 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 27 appearances (21 starts) for the Cubs this season.  He’s fanned 112 batters in 127 total innings.

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.