Joe Kelly tossed four shutout innings in a minor-league rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals aren’t quite ready to activate him from the disabled list.
That means Kelly will make at least one more rehab start and rookie Marco Gonzalez will get at least one more turn in the rotation after allowing 10 runs in 9.1 innings through his first two outings.
Kelly has been out for nearly three months with a hamstring injury and tossed only 49 pitches Tuesday, so it makes sense to have him build up more arm strength. And manager Mike Matheny also told Hummel that there was “still not a real good feel for his off-speed pitches” Tuesday.
Kelly had a 0.59 ERA in three starts before being shut down and a 2.83 ERA in 34 career starts for the Cardinals, but this injury has proven to be a lot more significant than initially expected.
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.