Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley has now been suspended two games for the slide that broke Ruben Tejada’s leg on Saturday night.
Justice should have been served right there and then, during Game 2 of the NLDS. It shouldn’t be happening now, a day after the fact.
Nevertheless, Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley has been suspended for games 3 and 4 against the New York Mets due to his illegal slide that broke Ruben Tejada’s leg last night. The Dodgers wound up winning the game 5-2.
Here’s the statement from Joe Torre, MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer:
“After thoroughly reviewing the play from all conceivable angles, I have concluded that Mr. Utley’s action warrants discipline,” Torre said. “While I sincerely believe that Mr. Utley had no intention of injuring Ruben Tejada, and was attempting to help his club in a critical situation, I believe his slide was in violation of Official Baseball Rule 5.09 (a)(13), which is designed to protect from precisely this type of rolling block that occurs away from the base.”
Whether or not Utley will appeal the suspension remains to be seen.
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