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Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres to have Tommy John surgery

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Some awful news for the Yankees: top prospect Gleyber Torres has a torn UCL in his left elbow. He’ll have surgery. He’s done for the year.

Torres suffered a hyperextended left elbow while sliding headfirst into home plate during Saturday’s game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. X-rays were negative and he was placed on the disabled list, but no one suspected that the injury was this serious, let alone that it would cost him the season.

Torres, of course, is not a pitcher. He’s an infielder. One of the top infield prospects in all of baseball and a top-10 overall prospect in the game according to most who rank such things. Though only 20 years old, he was hitting .309/.406/.457 at Triple-A and many suspected that he’d be playing for the Yankees soon given that they are in contention and given that third baseman Chase Headley has struggled. Those plans are obviously scrapped.

Torres, thankfully, throws with his right hand, so the rehab process will not be as extensive for him as it would be for a pitcher. At the moment the Yankees expect him to be ready for spring training in 2018. Still, this is quite a blow.

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.