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MLB drops Chase Utley's two-game suspension for NLDS takeout slide

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets is hit by a slide by Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning in an attempt to turn a double play in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets is hit by a slide by Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning in an attempt to turn a double play in game two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

NEW YORK -- A person briefed on the decision tells The Associated Press that the two-game suspension imposed on Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley during last year's playoffs has been dropped.

Major League Baseball and the players' union reached an agreement that rescinded the ban.

The person spoke to the AP on Sunday on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

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MLB has since reworked the rule on slides to cover the sort of play that resulted in Utley's penalty. His hard, late takeout slide broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in the NL Division Series.

Utley appealed, allowing him to keep playing in the postseason.

The six-time All-Star second baseman is now eligible to play when the Dodgers open the season April 4 at San Diego.