Chase Utley (26) was suspended two games for this slide in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday. Utley is appealing the suspension and is eligible to play tonight. (Keith Birmingham/ Staff photographer)
Rob Manfred spoke to reporters for about four minutes on the field at Citi Field prior to Game 3 of the National League Division Series. The Major League Baseball commissioner touched on a host of issues surrounding Chase Utley‘s slide, two-game suspension, and subsequent appeal.
Here’s a rundown of Manfred’s comments, edited lightly for clarity, in Q-and-A format:
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw stares blankly after being removed in the seventh inning of Game 1 on Friday night. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers, the club announced Monday. Kershaw, who was the losing pitcher in Game 1 on Friday, was one of two candidates to start the game along with left-hander Alex Wood.
Chase Utley isn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 3 of the National League Division Series, but his longtime double-play partner is.
Jimmy Rollins is getting his first start of the postseason against the Mets’ Matt Harvey on Monday. Corey Seager, who went 1-for-8 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series, is relegated to the bench.
Otherwise, the Dodgers’ lineup looks like it did in Game 2 for starter Brett Anderson. That means Utley, who is appealing his two-game suspension for a takeout slide in Game 2, will come off the bench if he appears in the game at all.
Rollins has more doubles (two), home runs (two) and RBIs (four) against Harvey than any current Dodger. He’s 5-for-19 with a pair of walks and only two strikeouts against the hard-throwing right-hander.
Seager has never faced Harvey in his month-old major league career.
The complete lineups for both teams:
The Mets will turn to a player who’s never appeared in a major league game to replace Ruben Tejada on their active roster.
Matt Reynolds was officially added to the Mets’ playoff roster Monday. Reynolds, 24, played 92 games at the Triple-A level this season. He batted .267 with six home runs and 65 RBIs, and stole 13 bases in 17 attempts in 115 games for Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.
Wilmer Flores is expected to replace Tejada in the Mets’ starting lineup in Game 3 tonight.
According to multiple reports Monday morning, Chase Utley‘s appeal of his 2-game suspension will not be heard prior to Game 3 of the National League Division Series. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time tonight.
Since Major League Baseball is believed to be seeking an expedited appeal hearing, it stands to reason that Utley’s representatives are pushing for more time. Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, announced the suspension Sunday.
Utley is allowed to play while he is appealing the suspension. The appeal will be heard by John McHale, MLB’s Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, Administration.
Utley probably won’t start Game 3. Howie Kendrick and Justin Turner have started the first two games of the series at second and third base, respectively — the top two positions Utley has played in his brief time as a Dodger — and are unlikely to be benched. Turner and Kendrick have four and three hits, respectively, in the first two games of the series, more than any other Dodger hitters.