Dodgers infielder Chase Utley issued a statement regarding the appeal of his two-game suspension on Monday, an appeal process that looks like it will be drawn out such that Utley will be available for at least one, if not both games at Citi Field.
Statement from Chase Utley: pic.twitter.com/9vlDSJujEz— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) October 12, 2015
sources: utley hearing will not be today or tomorrow. so utley active in NY. union understandably needs time to prepare.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 12, 2015
Second source saying Utley appeal unlikely to be heard today. Sounds like he indeed will be available for #Dodgers tonight.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 12, 2015
Definitely no appeal hearing for Utley today, almost certainly not tmrw either. So Utley eligible at Citi Field #Mets #Dodgers— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 12, 2015
On Utley appeal, MLB can't conduct hearing unilaterally. Union gets time it needs to research similar incidents and disciplinary precedents.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 12, 2015
Game 3 is 5:37 p.m. PT on Monday. Starting lineups haven't yet been announced, but Utley is 6-for-18 (.333) with a home run and a double against Mets starter Matt Harvey, and the home run was hit earlier this season.