CHICAGO - Evidently, justice can wait for Chase Utley, whose appeal hearing for his two-game suspension was postponed Monday and pushed to an unscheduled date, a source confirmed.
Utley received the penalty on the eve of NLDS Game 3 after his takeout slide of Ruben Tejada in Game 2 broke the shortstop's right leg. Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, ruled that Utley was guilty of interference on the play and deemed the slide "illegal."
Initially, MLB hoped for a swift resolution to the appeal process, possibly before the end of the NLDS, which went five games. But the players association is allowed 14 days to agree on a hearing timetable, and it settled on Oct. 19 as the initial date. After Utley and the Dodgers were eliminated last Thursday, however, there no longer was a sense of urgency.