Colleague Tom Hoffarth checked in with the SportsNet LA broadcast crew, curiously focused while TBS handles television coverage of the NLDS.
NEW YORK — Dodgers infielder Chase Utley will not have his appeal heard until October 19, clearing him to play for at least the remainder of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets.
Major League Baseball suspended Utley for two games following his slide in Game 2 that fractured the right leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. He immediately appealed the suspension and is allowed to play until the appeal is heard.
Utley was booed heavily during pregame introductions before Game 3 on Monday, and was followed by disparaging chants from the sold-out crowd at Citi Field despite never appearing in the game. Through a team spokesperson, Utley did not grant interviews after the game.
Despite expressing concern for Utley’s security, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he considered Utley available to play in the game.
NEW YORK — The Mets pushed the Dodgers to the brink of elimination in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday, winning 13-7. The Dodgers know the task ahead of them. Mets starter Matt Harvey made a bold prediction midgame, writes columnist Mark Whicker.
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.
Major League Baseball has suspended Dodgers infielder Chase Utley two games for his slide in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday. Utley’s agent, Joel Wolfe, said in a statement that Utley will appeal the suspension.
Game 3 of the series is Monday at Citi Field. Utley should know by then whether or not he will be eligible to play. If he is not eligible, the Dodgers would be limited to 24 players for Games 3 and 4.