UPDATE: There will be no Chase Utley hearing today — he’s eligible


UPDATE: Karl Ravech of ESPN reports that there will not be a hearing in the Chase Utley matter today, meaning that he is eligible for tonight’s game.

We haven’t seen an explanation yet, but one assumes that the union, the Dodgers and Utley objected to there being such a quick hearing. As mentioned this morning, it takes a bit of time to prepare for something like this and, no matter what you think of Utley’s slide, MLB pushing it through so quickly was somewhat unseemly and, possibly, calculated to ensure that Utley does not play tonight.

And now we await the lineups to see if Utley is going to be the subject of some frontier justice. Which would be dumb if you’re the Mets given that hitting Utley means putting a baserunner on who doesn’t even have a .300 OBP this year, but no one listens to me about this stuff anyway.

10:00AM: Chase Utley appealed his suspension for sliding into Ruben Tejada. As with all appeals, Utley would be eligible to play until he got his hearing. Which, most of the time, takes a while to happen. Major League Baseball, however, is not too interested in taking a while here: Jon Heyman reports that the league wants Chase Utley’s appeal hearing to happen before Game 3 of the NLDS, which gets underway at 8:37 PM tonight in New York.

There is no small amount of intrigue to this as I suspect that MLB doesn’t want Utley to play in tonight’s game if, for no other reason, than to try to avoid someone throwing at him (though, of course, someone else might get thrown at). At the same time, appeals tend to actually require preparation — compilation of past similar acts, comparison of past fines — that the union and/or Utley’s agent could bring to bear on appeal. Could that fairly happen before, say, 4pm today? Seems unlikely.

So, on top of whatever else we think about Utley’s slide, it’s results and the suspension, the appeal and hearing process is likely to be controversial too.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.