No one ever gets hurt in baseball fights, right? There's an initial charge (usually blunted at the very last second), a bit of pushing, lots of posturing, maybe an ejection or two, but in the end, all the players return to their dugouts having received only emotional wounds. That wasn't the case in Thursday night's Dodgers-Padres brawl, which resulted in Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke breaking his left collarbone after a tussle with Carlos Quentin. The Dodgers as a whole are furious, with Matt Kemp confronting Quentin after the game and Don Mattingly suggesting that Quentin be suspended for as long as Greinke is out. Considering the collarbone is kind of important, that might be a while.
Carlos Quentin has been hit more times than any other major leaguer since 2008. Greinke has hit him three times, the most recent incident coming during the 2009 season.
Punishment for Quentin?
Don Mattingly wants Quentin suspended for as long as Greinke is out, which would be unlikely to occur but would be pretty harsh if it did.
Normally teams have a period to cool off before facing each other again, but the Dodgers and Padres will have only this weekend -- they play their next series starting on Monday.
The Dodgers have gotten off to a 6-3 start, but losing a pitcher like Greinke could derail even the best teams.