No date has been set for the appeal hearing, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. If the full suspension is upheld, Utley would miss the first two games of the Dodgers' season. If the suspension is reduced to one game, Utley would miss opening day.
Utley was suspended after his controversial slide in Game 2 of the
In announcing the suspension for what
MLB had intended to hear Utley's appeal before Game 3 of the NLDS, but the hearing was delayed for one week after the players' union exercised its right to ask for more time to prepare. As it turned out, Utley did not play in Games 3 and 4 -- the two games for which he would have been suspended -- and the scheduled Oct. 19 appeal hearing was postponed indefinitely because the Dodgers had been eliminated by then.
The Dodgers re-signed Utley for one year and $7 million, and he had been expected to share playing time at second base with Enrique Hernandez. The Dodgers this week reportedly entered negotiations to bring back second baseman
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