Clayton Kershaw throws three simulated innings, rehab assignment could be next

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Via Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA:

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw 51 pitches in a simulated game at maximum effort and with no restrictions on Sunday at Dodger Stadium before the series finale against the Diamondbacks.

Kershaw was touching 90 mph with his fastball and reported no discomfort in his back or shoulder. “It’s full effort for me,” the ace left-hander told reporters. “You can’t simulate the adrenaline of a big league game, that’s where you get your extra velocity from. But for a 10 a.m. sim game, that’s pretty much all I got.”

Kershaw said the next step in his rehabilitation process could be a minor league rehab assignment, but no official decision will be made on that front until the Dodgers see how feels Monday morning.

The 26-year-old has been on the disabled list since March 29 with a teres major muscle strain. He has only made one start this season, and it was on March 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.

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.