Greinke breaks collarbone in brawl with Padres
The Padres' Carlos Quentin charges into Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning Thursday, April 11, 2013, in San Diego.
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SAN DIEGO — Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke broke his left collarbone in a bench-clearing brawl during Los Angeles' 3-2 victory over San Diego on Thursday night, leaving the Dodgers so furious that Matt Kemp confronted Padres slugger Carlos Quentin nose to nose as the two were leaving Petco Park.
Greinke, who signed for $147 million in the offseason, is expected to miss eight weeks. Quentin was suspended eight games, and Los Angeles infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. suspended one game by Major League Baseball for their roles in a brawl.
Juan Uribe's pinch-hit home run in the eighth put the Dodgers ahead, two innings after Greinke hit Quentin on the left shoulder.
The slugger started walking toward the mound, and Greinke appeared to say something. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Quentin then charged the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, who is 6-2, 195. They dropped their shoulders and collided, and Quentin tackled the pitcher.
Quentin and Greinke ended up at the bottom of a huge scrum as players from both sides ran onto the field and jumped in.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was livid, saying it shouldn't have happened because Quentin was hit on a 3-2 pitch in a one-run game.
“He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch,” Mattingly said. “If he plays before Greinke pitches, something's wrong. He caused the whole thing.”
Greinke twice hit Quentin with pitches when they were in the American League.
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