UPDATE: According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen expects Bonifacio to land on the disabled list.
1:33 PM: Emilio Bonifacio is out of the Marlins’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Indians after leaving last night’s game with a strained left thumb. The speedy center fielder suffered the injury when he was thrown out trying to steal second base in the top of the fifth inning.
Bonifacio is listed as day-to-day for now, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that he was sent for an MRI and is currently awaiting the results. Bryan Petersen will start in his place in center field this afternoon.
Bonifacio, 27, is hitting .268/.351/.315 through 170 plate appearances this season and currently leads the majors with 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts. He’s way out in front of the competition at the moment, as Astros’ center fielder Jordan Schafer ranks second in the majors with 13 stolen bases.
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.