NEW YORK – Ruben Tejada believes Chase Utley's takeout slide was indeed a dirty play. But the Mets shortstop, who suffered a broken leg on the play against the Dodgers in the National League Division Series, said his anger over the matter has subsided.
Using a blue cane adorned with a Mets logo giving to him by the team's owners, Tejada hung out with teammates in the dugout before Game 4 of the World Series.
"We're here and he's at home," Tejada said Saturday, in his first public comments since Utley ended his season.
After reviewing video of the slide, Tejada said Utley came in "really late," and was surprised Utley would be so aggressive, especially since Tejada had his back turned on the play.
Tejada, whose first postseason in six big-league seasons with the Mets ended after only two games, said he received the message Utley sent him through Mets captain David Wright. Tejada did not respond, nor does he intend to do so.
Tejada will be in a walking boot for a few more weeks. He intends to be ready for spring training.
Volquez still a go
Edinson Volquez remains scheduled to start Game 5 for the Royals following his father's death, pending a conversation with manager Ned Yost.
The righthander rejoined the team Saturday evening and was in the dugout for Game 4.
Volquez started the Series opener Tuesday night, hours after his father, Daniel, died of heart failure at age 63. Volquez said he learned about his father's death when he stepped off the mound after giving up three runs over six innings. He then flew home to the Dominican Republic.
"His dad would want him to be on that mound and helping his team win," Yost said. "And I imagine that Edi's dad would want the same thing."
No more Rose
Pete Rose's last day on the job as a Fox Sports analyst for this season was Friday night.
Rose left the Fox studio crew as scheduled because of commitments he had made before getting the job.
"Pete was an absolute pleasure to work with this season. He was an informative and entertaining addition to our studio coverage and we look forward to his return next season," Fox said in a statement. "We knew at the time Pete agreed to join us that he had prior commitments to multiple events made over a year ago, and it was his desire to honor those commitments."