In the sixth inning of Thursday night’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, a bench-clearing brawl erupted after Carlos Quentin of the Padres charged the mound after being hit by a pitch by Zack Greinke.
As Quentin rushed him, Greinke dropped his shoulder in an attempt to brace himself for contact. And as a result, Greinke suffered a broken collarbone.
In the aftermath of the injury, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was predictably an unhappy camper. So unhappy that he believes Quentin shouldn’t be allowed back on the diamond until Greinke’s injury has healed.
“The guy basically dives into the plate and, on a 2-1 game, we’re trying to hit him on a 3-and-2 pitch?” Mattingly said on TV afterward. “It’s just stupid is what it is. He should not play a game before Greinke can pitch.”
Just for some perspective on what Mattingly is alluding to, Quentin played in just 86 games last season and still managed to be hit by 17 pitchers. Which of course, led the league.