In the 6th inning of last night’s game between the Dodgers and Padres, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a pitch that hit Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin in the arm. Quentin, who has been hit 116 times in his career (he’s led the league in this category for 2 straight years) and 3 times by Greinke, exploded towards the mound. The two collided, football-style, and then both teams’ players left the bench and a full-scale melee ensued. It appears most players left the fight unscathed, except for Greinke, who Dodgers trainers later learned suffered a broken collarbone.
The Dodgers, who have likely lost their new $147 million dollar ace for a few months, are understandably upset, especially Matt Kemp, who confronted Quentin after the game. With the season still early and the two teams gearing up to play again on Monday, what can we expect to happen?
Will anyone be suspended? Can the Dodgers take any special legal action against Quentin or the Padres, who injured their star player in a non-game situation. What can the umpires do during the series next week do to make sure the game remains civil?
Bill Shaikin, Covering baseball on and off the field for the Los Angeles Times