The Los Angeles Dodgers definitely got the worst of this one. With $100 million pitcher Zach Greinke on the mound and well in control of his part of the game, the right-hander hit San Diego Padre batter Carlos Quentin high in the shoulder.
Quentin glared at Greinke, Greinke barked something back at him and the charge was on. The fight was really only between the pitcher and the hitter, with both teams mostly working as peacemakers.
As the smoke cleared the history behind the happening became more apparent. Greinke, while a member of the Kansas City Royals back in 2009, hit Quentin who was a member of the Chicago White Sox. There was no incident following that hit.
Early in the Dodger-Padre game on Thursday night, San Diego starter threw a pitch that sailed towards the head of Dodger slugger Matt Kemp. Kemp shook it off and stayed with his at-bat.
However, when the fight broke out five innings later, Kemp was upset and appeared to argue in Greinke’s defense that his pitcher was not throwing at Quentin. Kemp was unable to keep his emotions in check and was ejected along with teammate Jerry Hairston Jr.
Greinke exited the game as well and it was first thought that he too had been ejected, but it turns out he may have suffered a left shoulder injury. A report shorty after confirmed that Greinke had suffered a fractured left collarbone. When Quentin charged the mound, he collided with the pitcher shoulder to shoulder before the two wrestled each other to the ground and were eventually restrained.
If it turns out the former Cy Young award winner’s injury is serious enough for him to miss a large amount of the season, the incident will definitely hurt the Dodgers. Something they are sure not to forget as the Padres head to Los Angeles next week for a three game series. Could be must-see baseball TV.