Friday, April 12, 2013

Greinke breaks collarbone during Dodgers-Padres brawl (VIDEO)

Both benches cleared in San Diego's Petco Park when Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being plunked by Zack Greinke in the sixth inning of Thursday's Dodgers-Padres game.

Quentin obviously felt that the $150 million righthander's pitch was intended as retaliation for a Jason Marquis pitch which sailed by Dodger Matt Kemp's head earlier in the night.

After the dust had settled — and Greinke, Kemp, Quentin and Jerry Hairston were ejected by umpire Sam Holbrook— Greinke found out he had a broken collarbone.

It is unclear whether Greinke was hurt in the original brouhaha.  He dropped his glove and lowered his shoulder as the much larger Quentin barrelled into him.  They wrestled on the mound before both benches joined in the scrum.

After the players had initially returned to their dugouts, the Dodgers' Jerry Hairston ran out and stirred things up once again. A fuming Kemp had to be restrained by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and pitcher Josh Beckett.


"He [Quentin] should not play a game until Greinke can pitch," said an angry Mattingly at the post game presser.

Greinke and Quentin are old adversaries.  This was the third time the Dodger has drilled Quentin — the last time being in 2009. Quentin has led the majors in HBPs the last two seasons.

The heavy-hitting Quentin could be facing a five or six game suspension for charging the mound if history is any indication.

The Dodgers ended up with a 3-2 victory but suffered a real loss with the injury to Greinke.

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