Zack Greinke Breaks Collarbone In Bench Clearing Brawl Between Los Angeles Dodgers And San Diego Padres [VIDEO]
In last night’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a 3-2 pitch in a 2-1 game that hit Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin. It seemed like an honest mistake given the count and score of the game, but Quentin didn’t see it that way, charging the mound and breaking Greinke’s collarbone in the process.
This is the third time that Greinke has hit Quentin, but no reasonable person would say that this one was planned. With his team up a run and with a full count, why would Greinke put a man on base? And why would he have wasted the numerous pitches prior to hitting Quentin if he wanted to hit him all along? There is no argument to be made that it was done on purpose.
However, Quentin decided to take it personally, broke the opposing pitcher’s collarbone, and now the Dodgers are without someone that they just signed to a huge contract and brought in to contend in the National League with little to no repercussions for the perennially subpar Padres.
The confrontation continued into the parking lot between Quentin and Matt Kemp, both of whom were ejected for their roles in the brawl, with police having to separate the two on their way out of the stadium.
After the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Quentin shouldn’t be allowed to play until Greinke can pitch again, following the recovery of his left, non-throwing, collarbone. While it wouldn’t affect the Padres’ non-existent playoff chances at all, part of me would like to see that proposal become a reality.