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Saturday 24 of February 2024

Utley relieved 2-game suspension rescinded for takeout slide

Chase Utley, Ruben Tejada
Chase Utley, Ruben Tejada
Last year's NL playoffs slide left New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada with a broken leg

GLENDALE, Arizona – Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley says he is relieved Major League Baseball rescinded his two-game suspension for a slide in last year’s NL playoffs that left New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada with a broken leg.

Utley said Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, told him a few weeks ago that the penalty had been withdrawn.

“I think it’s a relief for everybody,” Utley said Monday. “We can put this behind us and focus on baseball.”

Torre imposed the penalty Oct. 11, a day after Tejada was injured by the takeout slide at second base.

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2015, file photo, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to members of the media after the owners meetings in Chicago. Manfred will not decide on discipline Jose Reyes until after the domestic violence case involving the Colorado shortstop plays out in court. Speaking on Monday, March 7, 2016, during the Arizona Rockies’ exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs, Manfred also said he met with the players’ association last week to begin collective bargaining for an agreement to replace the one that expires Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rescinds Chase Utley’s suspension. Photo: AP/Paul Beaty

According to Utley, Torre told him the slide was similar to others he reviewed.

“There were no penalties then,” Utley said, “so, they rescinded the suspension.”

MLB recently changed the rule on such rolling block slides.

Utley expressed regret that Tejada was hurt.

“I can’t say enough about how terrible I feel at what happened to Ruben,” he said “I had no intent to hurt him whatsoever. Anybody who thinks I did, they’re completely wrong. I’m happy to hear he’s healthy and in camp. Nobody is happier about that than me.”