Chase Utley’s hearing postponed to later in 2015, possibly spring

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley‘s hearing has been postponed to later in 2015 and possibly the spring. Utley had been suspended two playoff games for a takeout slide that resulted in a broken fibula for Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. Utley appealed, but the Dodgers were knocked out of the playoffs.

Rosenthal notes that hearings must take place 14 days after a player files an appeal, but it can be postponed if both parties reach a mutual agreement. John McHale, CIO and vice president of administration for Major League Baseball, will oversee the hearing.

Utley, 37 in December, is eligible for free agency shortly after the post-season. He had a career-worst season in 2015, finishing with a composite .629 OPS in 423 plate appearances between the Phillies and Dodgers.