Chase Utley was not in the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting lineup for Game 3 of their NL Division Series against the New York Mets on Monday night.
Instead of Utley, Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly started Howie Kendrick at second.
Utley appealed his two-game suspension assessed by Major League Baseball on Sunday night for an illegal slide in Game 2, which broke the right leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. The appeal meant the penalty could not start until after a hearing and a decision.
Utley's hearing didn't take place Monday. The sides still were trying to agree to a schedule.
Kendrick was 3-for-8 in the first two games of the series, while Utley went 1-for-2 in a pair of appearances as a pinch hitter.
"Howie's been swinging the bat good, and we feel like he gives us the best chance to win today," Mattingly said.
Kendrick is 1-for-6 against Mets Game 3 starter Matt Harvey, while Utley is 6-for-18.
"I'm a little surprised," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Don knows his team better than me, but I got the same stats he's got, and I know he swings the bat pretty good against Matt Harvey."
Collins also did not expect any attempts by his players to retaliate
"This is too big a game. We need to not worry about retaliating," he said. "We need to worry about winning. ... The one thing we can't do is cost ourselves a game, and this particular game, because we're angry. We can play angry, but we've got to play under control."
MLB and the players' union were working to set up the appeal hearing before special assistant to the commissioner John McHale Jr. The sides spoke with McHale late Monday, giving their positions on when the hearing should be held.
Utley was penalized Sunday by Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, who said Utley's takeout of Tejada in Game 2 on Saturday was an "illegal slide."
"The players association and my agent are handling the appeals process," Utley said Monday. "I have nothing more to say other than to reiterate that I feel terrible about Ruben's injury. Now my teammates and I are focused on Game 3 and doing everything we can to win this series."
Governor too quick
Here's a new "oops" moment for a Texas governor: prematurely celebrating a Houston Astros playoff victory.
With Houston up four runs and six outs away Monday from finishing off Kansas City, the office of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted congratulations to the Astros for advancing to the AL Championship Series. The Royals then rallied in the eighth inning and forced a decisive Game 5 with a 9-6 victory.
Kershaw to start
Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start on three days' rest for the Dodgers in Game 4 of their playoff series against the Mets on Tuesday night.
The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner was chosen over fellow lefthander Alex Wood. The best-of-five NL Division Series was tied 1-all going into Game 3 on Monday night at Citi Field.
Kershaw started the series opener last Friday and lasted 6⅔ innings. He gave up a home run to Daniel Murphy and was beaten 3-1 by Jacob deGrom and the Mets.
Kershaw was 16-7 with a 2.13 ERA this season, going 11-1 with a 1.22 ERA and four complete games — three of them shutouts — in his final 17 starts.