Utley’s takeout slide breaks Tejada’s leg in Game 2 of NLDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada broke his right leg when a takeout slide by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley’s flipped the shortstop in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the NL Division Series on Saturday night.
The Mets were leading 2-1 when the Los Angeles Dodgers put runners at the corners with one out against Noah Syndergaard. Bartolo Colon relieved, and Howie Kendrick hit a grounder up the middle.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy flipped to Tejada, who took the throw awkwardly for an apparent force as Utley slid past the bag and slammed into him, causing Tejada to flip over as the tying run scored from third.
Tejada was put on a flatbed vehicle after an air cast was placed on his leg. The Mets said Flores sustained a fractured right fibula.
Utley was ruled safe on a video review, which determined Tejada’s foot missed the bag. Utley also appeared not to touch the base.
Los Angeles scored four runs in the inning and went on to win 5-2.