(Reuters) - Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley has been suspended for two games for taking out New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada with an illegal slide in a playoff game on Saturday.
Major League Baseball chief baseball officer Joe Torre announced on Sunday that Utley would sit out games three and four of the best-of-five National League Division Series as a penalty for his hard slide in the seventh inning that broke Tejada's right leg.
"... after thoroughly reviewing the play from all conceivable angles, I have concluded that Mr. Utley's action warrants discipline," Torre said in a statement.
"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 fielders from precisely this type of rolling block that occurs away from the base." Utley reportedly will appeal Torre’s decision.
Game Three will be played in New York on Monday. The series is tied 1-1.
(Reporting by Tim Wharnsby in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Both)