This is why we can’t have nice things. During a brawl between the Dodgers and Padres, Zack Greinke broke his collarbone and will now be out for an undisclosed period of time. The exact cause of the fracture was Grienke trying to protect himself as Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a pitch. Pretty terrible way to have your $147 million signing go down.
Following the game both players didn’t exactly make nice:
“I never hit him on purpose,” said Greinke, who had his left arm in a sling and appeared shaken after the game. “I never thought about hitting him on purpose. He always seems to think that I’m hitting him on purpose, but that’s not the case. That’s all I can really say about it.”
Asked if there was bad blood between the teams, Greinke, who twice hit Quentin with pitches when they were in the American League, said: “Now there probably is. I don’t know if there was beforehand.”
He said the injury was “awful. It’s silly that something could happen like that. I’m disappointed.”
Quentin said his history with Greinke has been “well-documented. That situation could have been avoided. You’d have to ask Zack about that.”
“I’ve been hit by many pitches,” said Quentin, plunked more often than any other major league hitter since the start of 2008. “Some have been intentional, some have not been. For the amount I have been hit and my hitting style, I’m going to repeat: I have never reacted that way.”