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Torre, the league's chief baseball officer, suspended Utley for two games because of his controversial slide in Game 2 on Saturday. Utley upended Mets shortstop
Utley sent his regrets to Tejada via a text message to Mets third baseman
"I got the text and I passed it to Ruben," Wright said.
Utley remains eligible to play pending an appeal hearing. Officials from the league and players' union conferred Monday and hope to set a date for the hearing Tuesday.
"I'd like to think it can be done before the end of the series," Manfred said.
Utley's agent, Joel Wolfe, said Sunday that "plays at second base similar to this one have not resulted in suspensions." Dodgers Manager
Manfred denied that Torre was selectively enforcing a rule, a common charge among Utley supporters on talk shows and on social media.
"No two on-field incidents are exactly the same," Manfred said. "To say there was one slide at second base that kind of looked the same to a layman and that was the same as the incident we had the other night, I just think it's hard to jump to that conclusion. Each one of these is unique."
Manfred said that league officials would talk with Mattingly and Mets Manager