Major League Baseball has decided to drop the two-game suspension that was handed to Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley.
Utley was hit with the suspension following a hard slide that broke New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s leg in Game 2 of their National League Division Series last October.
It is understood that the ban was lifted following talks between Major League Baseball and the league’s players’ union.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that he was glad the whole incident has finally come to an end as Utley was heavily criticised for his actions.
“It’s great news for Chase and for us to turn the page and move on,” Roberts told reporters. “I think the league has made an adjustment and made it pretty clear this year what’s legal and what’s illegal.”
Tejada meanwhile said hw was not angry with the decision and added that he had moved on from the incident, which caused him to miss the rest of the postseason.
“No. I don’t care really,” he said at New York’s spring training complex. “I care about me. I’m healthy here. I’m happy here. I don’t care about what’s going to happen there.
“That’s the past. I’m all right here this year, healthy.”
As a result of Utley’s slide, Major League Baseball adopted a new rule last month, which states that slides on double plays “will require runners to make a bona fide attempt to reach and remain on the base”. It also says that a runner will be prohibited “from changing his pathway to the base or utilizing a ‘roll block’ for the purpose of initiating contact with the fielder”.