Utley was suspended for controversially sliding into Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada while trying to break up a double play, sending Tejada tumbling to the ground. Tejada broke his right fibula in the collision and will be out for the remainder of the postseason. Utley reportedly passed a concussion test after hitting his head on Tejada’s knee.
Utley appealed the suspension before the third game of the National League Division Series. He did not play in Monday night's 13–7 loss, which gave the Mets a 2–1 advantage in the series.
Reaction to Utley’s play from current and former MLB players was varied, with some commending Utley for his tough play and others criticizing him for being excessively violent.
Game 4 will be played on Tuesday night beginning at 8:07 p.m. ET at Citi Field.
- Christopher Chavez