Things got out of hand last night in San Diego and a brawl ended in disaster for Zack Greinke, the Los Angeles Dodgers and his fantasy baseball owners. Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a 3-2 Greinke delivery in the bottom of the sixth inning. The two engaged in a full speed collision which was the likely instant that Greinke’s collarbone broke.
The incident between Greinke and Quentin wasn’t the first between the two. This was the third time that Greinke has plunked Quentin but that hardly comes as a surprise with Quentin being hit a Major League leading 62 times over the past three seasons. Many pitchers would place the blame on Quentin for his tendency to dive out over the plate but he was the one that escalated the conflict on Thursday night.
It’s completely beyond reason to think that Greinke purposely hit Quentin with a payoff pitch to lead off the inning in a one run game. Quentin is at fault here and the serious injury that the altercation caused will likely prompt the league to come down hard on him.
It’s currently unknown how long it will be before the Dodgers $147 million investment will be able to throw again but he’s looking at an extended absence. Many were skeptical when Los Angeles committed a huge sum of money to an inconsistent pitcher through 2018 and this only adds fuel to the fire. Greinke is