Dodgers infielder Chase Utley reportedly had his two-game suspension overturned by Major League Baseball, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times and confirmed by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. MLB has not yet officially announced the ruling.
Utley was suspended for his late slide that broke shortstop Ruben Tejada 's leg in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Mets.
Utley's slide to break up any faint hopes of a double play turned the tide for the Dodgers, who scored four runs in the inning in a 5-2 victory that evened the series at a game apiece. Utley was suspended for two games during the NLDS and he appealed the suspension.
"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," MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre said in a statement in issuing the suspension in October.
On Feb. 25, MLB and the MLB Players Association jointly adopted a new rule clarifying the rules on interference, specifically codifying that players when breaking up a double play must make a "bona fide" slide attempt at the base in question. That a rule had to be made clarifying something nobody has ever been suspended for surely helped Utley's case.
Utley, who hit .212/.286/.343 with eight home runs in 107 games in 2015, his worst season as a pro. The Dodgers re-signed the 37-year-old infielder to a one-year, $7 million deal in December.
Utley starts at third base for the Dodgers, batting cleanup in Scottsdale against the Giants.