Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke
will undergo surgery Saturday to repair a fractured left collarbone the
standout right-hander suffered during a brawl in Thursday's game against the
San Diego Padres.
Greinke, who gave up two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out
four batters in Los Angeles' 3-2 victory, was injured as a result of a tussle
with San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin in his second start since joining
the Dodgers as one of the offseason's most sought-after free agents.
The former American League Cy Young winner is expected to miss eight weeks.
With the Dodgers holding a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth, Greinke threw
an inside fastball that hit Quentin in the upper left back area on a 3-2
pitch. Immediately, the two began verbally arguing before both charged at each
"I never hit him on purpose," Greinke said after the game." He always seem to
think I'm hitting him on purpose, but that's not the case."
Quentin and Greinke collided near the mound and both team's benches cleared,
creating a large pile. After umpires and coaches alike attempted to break up
the fight, both teams eventually went back to their respected dugouts.
Los Angeles infielder Jerry Hairston and other San Diego players continued to
argue with each other and some pushing and confrontation continued yet again.
Play resumed after the fracas lasted roughly 10-plus minutes. Greinke left
due to the injury and was not ejected, but Hairston, fellow Dodgers center
fielder Matt Kemp, and Quentin were ejected from the game.
Major League Baseball has yet to announce any disciplinary measures for
Quentin for the incident.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was critical of Quentin's actions when
discussing the situation afterward.
"(Quentin) should not play a game until Greinke can pitch," an upset Mattingly
said. "He caused the whole thing. Nothing happens if he goes to first base.
You know (Greinke's) not throwing at you if it's 3-2. That's zero
understanding of baseball."
The Sports Network