Phillies second baseman Chase Utley suggested there was no malice in his slide into Ruben Tejada on Friday night, even though Jose Reyes labeled it "a little dirty."
"I have never ever attempted to break up a double play with the intent to injure someone," Utley told Phillies.com's Todd Zolecki. "I understand what it's like to be taken out. I've been kicked, kneed, elbowed, spiked and even flipped upside down. And as much as I might not have liked it at the time, I understand that it's all part of being a major league second baesman. Second basemen have had to deal with this for over 100 years. And with that said, we as a team play the game hard and play it to win. That is not going to change."
If the Mets do seek retribution Saturday, perhaps they have the correct pitcher on the mound in rookie Dillon Gee. When Daniel Murphy was the victim of an alleged dirty takeout slide at second base with Triple-A Buffalo on June 2, Gee was the one who plunked the player who slid, Syracuse's Leonard Davis, when the squads met again June 29.
Of course, that minor league incident did not end there for whatever reason. When the teams met again five days after that, four players were plunked with pitches -- three of them Bisons, including Gee.