Ruben Tejada has still not heard directly from Chase Utley since his controversial slide in Game 2 of the NLDS broke Tejada's leg, according to Kevin Kernan of the NY Post.
Tejada, 25, is hopefully that MLB's proposed rule change - otherwise known as The Utley Rule - will help better protect middle infielders.
"I'd like to see the fielder be protected,'' Tejada said. "It can be very dangerous. They have to make a little bit of an adjustment there.''
It was reported after the incident that Utley reached out to Tejada through his teammates, but the two have not spoken themselves.
"He sent me a couple of things,'' said Tejada, who would not disclose details of what he received from Utley. "But nothing has changed. I haven't talked to him.''
Whatever Utley sent Tejada, it wasn't enough to change his stance on the play that ended his season prematurely during the Mets postseason run.
"I know it's part of the game, but not like that,'' Tejada said. "I would never do that to another infielder. That is the position I play and I would never want to hurt another player that plays that position like that. It would have been different if some other position player, a corner infielder or an outfielder had done that to me, but he is an middle infielder, he should know better.''
"Although the union wants to improve safety for middle infielders, it does not want to eliminate players' aggressiveness on slides or the ability to break up a double play," sources told Olney. "However, there is a desire on both sides to eliminate slides on which a baserunner goes beyond the effort to reach second to make contact with middle infielders."
Tejada is expected to make a full recovery and has been running since late December. He is projected to serve as a utility infielder for the Mets off the bench this season.
Utley re-signed with the Dogers this offseason, who visit New York May 27-29.