Zack Greinke out eight weeks after brawl

Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin tackled Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after a beaning.
Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin tackled Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke after a beaning.

SAN DIEGO — Zack Greinke’s pitch sailed up and into Carlos Quentin’s upper left arm, and it was on.

A little personal history was at play, as were rules that aren’t in any rule book.

Now the Dodgers will be without their $147 million pitcher for eight weeks, according to, after breaking his left collarbone — and Quentin was suspended eight games Friday by Major League Baseball, and he was fined $3,000. Greinke is scheduled for surgery Saturday.


After Quentin got hit, the Padres slugger took a few steps onto the grass. When Greinke, Los Angeles’s prize offseason signing, appeared to say something, Quentin tossed his bat aside and rushed the mound.

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The 6-foot-2-inch, 195-pound Greinke dropped his glove and the two players lowered their shoulders. The 6-2, 240-pound Quentin — who as a high school senior was named his league’s defensive player of the year as an outside linebacker — slammed into the pitcher.

Quentin and Greinke ended up at the bottom of a scrum as players from both sides ran onto the field and jumped in.

‘‘It’s a man’s game on the field,’’ Quentin said. ‘‘Thoughts aren’t present when things like this happen.’’

Quentin said later that getting plunked by pitches by Greinke during the 2008 and 2009 seasons was justification enough to charge the mound.


Matt Kemp, among four ejected after the brawl, confronted Quentin as they left Petco Park following LA’s 3-2 win. Padres lefthander Clayton Richard stepped between the two, and security broke it up.

Before his suspension was announced Friday, Quentin reiterated that it was the first time he'd rushed the mound.

‘‘And it’s just a shame that the Dodger organization has lost one of their key members.’’

Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw though the suspension was too lax.

‘‘Unless it’s two months it’s not enough,’’ Kershaw said. ‘‘I know it can’t happen, but I don’t understand why he [Quentin] should get to play and Zack doesn’t, for him acting the way he did.”


After the teams started going back to the dugouts and bullpens following the brawl, Jerry Hairston Jr. came running across the field yelling at someone in the San Diego dugout and had to be restrained. Hairston, who was suspended a game and fined an unknown amount, claimed a Padre was making fun of the fact Greinke had been injured.

Hairston, Quentin, Kemp, and Greinke were ejected.

The teams play a three-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday night.