While Kendrys Morales resumed running about two weeks ago, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times earlier today that he isn’t any closer to a minor league rehab assignment.
“His progress has been slow,” Manager Mike Scioscia acknowledged before Monday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics. “He’s having problems getting full explosion when he runs.”
Morales has done some running in a straight line and some curves, but has yet to do either at full speed.
There’s no current timetable for his return, but Scioscia believes Morales will need between 10-15 games and 40-60 at-bats once he’s ready for a minor league rehab assignment. The Angels were hoping for a return in early May, but that’s obviously unrealistic at this point.
Mark Trumbo has logged most of the at-bats at first base during Morales’ absence this season, batting .225/.253/.400 with three homers and nine RBI over 83 plate appearances.
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.
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.