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Sunday’s roundup: Utley ban reportedly rescinded

Associated Press

New York — After all that, Chase Utley is safe.

The two-game suspension imposed on the Los Angeles Dodgers infielder after his hard takeout slide broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year’s playoffs has been dropped.

A person briefed on the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday that Major League Baseball and the players’ union reached an agreement that rescinded the ban. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no announcement.

Utley played in the Dodgers’ exhibition game against the Giants, then said he would “talk tomorrow. I’ll do that.”

Tejada said he wasn’t upset with the decision.

“No. I don’t care really,” he said at New York’s spring training complex. “I care about me. I’m healthy here. I’m happy here. I don’t care about what’s going to happen there.

“That’s the past. I’m all right here this year, healthy,” he said,

Tejada said Utley didn’t contact him after the injury, which knocked him out of the World Series.

MLB and the union have since reworked the rule on slides to cover the sort of play that flipped Tejada and resulted in Utley’s penalty in Game 2 of the NL Division Series.

Around the horn

A person familiar with the situation says free-agent outfielder Austin Jackson, 29, has agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Jackson, a former Tiger, played for Seattle and the Chicago Cubs last season, batting .267 with nine homers and 48 RBIs.

Jackson has played mostly center field during his six seasons in the majors, but the White Sox also have Adam Eaton in center. He also could spend some time in right with Avisail Garcia coming off a so-so season.

... The head of the major league players’ union says he wasn’t aware of any concerns raised by suspended New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia about his legal defense. Mejia, 26, drew a lifetime ban last month after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

Last week, Mejia told The New York Times that he was the victim of a “conspiracy” by MLB and the union should have done more for him.