Adrian Beltre exits with strained left hamstring

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Adrian Beltre suffered a strained left hamstring running the bases in the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Blue Jays and will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Beltre, who started at third base for the AL All-Star team last week, came up lame on Michael Young’s double after he singled in a run to reach base in the fifth and was replaced by Omar Quintanilla.  Presumably as a response to the injury, the Rangers immediately had Chris Davis pulled from Triple-A Round Rock’s game tonight.  He’d almost surely be the callup if Beltre is forced to the disabled list.

Beltre has played in all 100 Rangers games this season, starting at third base in 93 of them.  In his place, the Rangers can use Michael Young or Davis at third.  Davis has been outstanding in the PCL this season, hitting .363/.401/.821 with 24 homers and 65 RBI in just 190 at-bats.

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.