MLB Chase Utley receives two-game ban for Ruben Tejada slide

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley was handed a two-game ban for his slide.

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Chase Utley receives two-game ban for Ruben Tejada slide play

Chase Utley receives two-game ban for Ruben Tejada slide

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Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley was handed a two-game ban for his slide on Ruben Tejada on Saturday.

In an official statement, MLB explained Utley will be suspended for games three and four because his slide was deemed illegal.

The slide, which occurred in the seventh inning in Saturday's game two against the New York Mets, resulted in a broken right fibula for Tejada and swung the tide of the game, a 5-2 Dodgers win.

MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre said he felt Utley had no intentions of hurting Tejada, but his slide was illegal.

"I recognise that there has been much commentary and many questions regarding the unfortunate play in last night's game in which Ruben Tejada was injured," he said.

"As I said after the game, the determination of whether a baserunner has intentionally interfered with a player attempting to turn a double play is left to the judgment of the umpire on the field, and that judgment call is not subject to review.

"I should add that determining where to draw the line between an illegal slide and a legitimate hard play is an extremely difficult call for our Umpires.

"However, after thoroughly reviewing the play from all conceivable angles, I have concluded that Mr. Utley's action warrants discipline.

"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."

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