Update (7:47 PM EDT): Per ESPN’s Marly Rivera, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that it’s possible that Utley will start Game 3 of the NLDS against Harvey, adding yet more intrigue to the game.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley passed a concussion test following his team’s victory in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Mets on Saturday night. Utley was involved in a controversial collision with Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in the seventh inning during which his head slammed into Tejada’s upper left leg. Utley also slammed into the ground on his back rather hard.
Utley will be available off the bench during Game 3 on Monday at Citi Field as the Dodgers face right-hander Matt Harvey. Harvey, who had thrown at Utley in retaliation earlier this season, had this to say about exacting revenge for his fallen teammate, per ESPN’s Adam Rubin:
“I think the most important thing is going out and doing my job and doing what’s best for the team,” Harvey said. “For me, in my mind, that’s going out and pitching a long game and being out there as long as I can, and keeping zeros on the board. … But as far as sticking up for your teammates, I think being out there and doing what’s right is exactly what I’m going to do.”