Safe at second base — and suspended for two games.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley was banned for two playoff games by Major League Baseball on Sunday after his late takeout slide that broke New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada’s right leg.
Utley’s agent called the penalty ‘‘outrageous and completely unacceptable’’ and said there would be an appeal.
The Mets and Dodgers are tied at 1 in the best-of-five National League Division Series.
An appeal would allow Utley to play until the hearing process is complete. MLB likely would try to resolve the matter before the series resumes Monday night with Game 3 at Citi Field.
In handing down the penalty, MLB executive Joe Torre called it an illegal slide. Umpires ruled it a legal play Saturday night, and Utley was even awarded second base after a replay review showed Tejada never touched the bag with his toe.
Torre said after a complete examination, he concluded Utley’s slide merited punishment.
Utley’s agent, Joel Wolfe, saw it differently.
‘‘Chase did what all players are taught to do in this situation — break up the double play,’’ Wolfe said in a statement.
The 36-year-old Utley, a six-time All-Star, has a part-time role with the Dodgers after they acquired him Aug. 19 from Philadelphia. But before the suspension was announced, manager Don Mattingly said Utley might start Game 3.
With the Dodgers trailing by one run in the seventh inning Saturday, Utley slammed into Tejada at second base to make sure the Mets could not complete a double play that would have kept them ahead. Utley went in high and hard, crashing into Tejada’s legs and flipping the shortstop head over heels.
The tying run scored, Tejada was wheeled off with a fractured fibula and the Dodgers rallied for three more runs in the inning, going on to a 5-2 victory that evened the series.
‘‘After thoroughly reviewing the play from all conceivable angles, I have concluded that Mr. Utley’s action warrants discipline,” Torre said.
Cubs turn to Arrieta
First pitch for BushFormer President George H.W. Bush, in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the AL Division Series between the Royals and host Astros on Sunday.
The 91-year-old Bush, recovering after breaking a vertebra in his neck in a summer spill, smiled broadly when the crowd cheered after he was brought onto the field. With wife Barbara by his side, he bounced a short throw from about 5 feet in front of the plate to Houston’s Jed Lowrie, who was set up to catch.
Bush is a longtime Astros fan with a home in Houston.