Fight! Fight! Fight! Oh, wait. Zack Greinke, who beaned Carlos Quentin and all but initiated this throwdown, broke his collarbone and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after colliding shoulder-to-shoulder with the irate Padre. Way to ruin a perfectly good thing, Zack Greinke’s elven bone structure!
Carlos Quentin, your Major League leader in HBP over the last three years by a rather significant margin, took exception to a 3-2 fastball from Greinke that ran up and in, charging the mound and sparking a heated punch fight which seemed to lack the requisite punches.
As the video shows, Matt Kemp was buzzed earlier in the game by Padres starter Jason Marquis. Kemp has been described as “irate” throughout this incident, a state of mind which persevered throughout the night as he confronted Quentin after the game.
This is…this is bad for the Dodgers. They have relatively deep rotation with Chris Capuano available to step into the rotation until Ted Lilly comes off the disabled list. The Dodgers are understandably upset with the prospect of losing their $100 million starter a significant chunk of the year. They want blood in form of Carlos Quentin plate appearances!
“He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch,” [Dodgers manager Don] Mattingly said about Quentin. “If he plays before Greinke pitches, something is wrong. Their guys charges the mound being an idiot and our guy is going to be out for however long and their guy is probably going to be playing in three days. It’s a joke.”
Bloom also notes this isn’t the first time Greinke and Quentin crossed paths, as the former Kansas City Royal plunked the former Chicago White Sock twice in previous seasons.
This is always the risk when beanballs and bravado get out of hand. Injuries are rare in these situations but jamming your shoulder into a man the size of Carlos Quentin is probably not a good idea if you are paid more than $20 million a year for use of said shoulders. That said, having large Carlos Quentin-shaped men running towards you with malice in their heart is not usually a part of Zack Greinke’s job description, he did his best to protect himself without breaking protocol by running away screaming, as would be my personal reaction.
The Dodgers are smart/lucky enough to have better than replacement level players waiting to replace Greinke but still, this isn’t the team they broke the bank to field.