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Tejada: New slide rule trying to keep players healthy

Mets' infielder broke leg when Utley crashed into him in NLDS
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A day after Major League Baseball updated its rule regarding slides in the vicinity of second base, Ruben Tejada -- the victim of Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley's takeout slide during the 2015 National League Division Series -- said he's focused more on learning the new rule than comparing it to the old one.

"It's in the past," Tejada said of Utley's slide, which fractured his fibula and ended his postseason. "I think we've got to figure out now what we have to do when we're going there to try to make a double play."

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A day after Major League Baseball updated its rule regarding slides in the vicinity of second base, Ruben Tejada -- the victim of Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley's takeout slide during the 2015 National League Division Series -- said he's focused more on learning the new rule than comparing it to the old one.

"It's in the past," Tejada said of Utley's slide, which fractured his fibula and ended his postseason. "I think we've got to figure out now what we have to do when we're going there to try to make a double play."

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The new rule stipulates that baserunners must make a "bona fide" attempt to reach the second-base bag on any slide in the area. Had it been in place last October, Utley may never have attempted the takeout slide that fractured his leg, or at least might have been called out for honing in on Tejada.

"They're trying to keep the middle infielders safe and healthy," Tejada said. "I think that's the most important thing they're trying to do."

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A day earlier, Mets manager Terry Collins spoke out against a related change that makes "neighborhood" calls around the second-base bag reviewable. Collins contended that this will incentivize middle infielders to expose themselves longer around the base, endangering them even more.

When asked if he likes the new rules, Tejada said "maybe," adding that he doesn't yet know enough about their details.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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