Originally posted on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 4/12/13
The Los Angeles Dodgers spent 147 million dollars on Zach Greinke to throw baseballs not fist or shoulders in to opposing players. Greinke broke his collarbone in a brawl which was trigged by a pitch by Greinke that hit Padres slugger Carlos Quentin who was hit in the lefy shoulder. After he was plunked on the left shoulder in the sixth inning, Quentin started walking toward the mound. Greinke appeared to say something and Quentin then charged the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner. They dropped their shoulders and collided, and Quentin tackled the pitcher to the grass. Both ended up on the bottom of a huge scrum as players from both sides ran onto the field and jumped in. When they finally were pulled apart, Quentin was led off the field by teammate Mark Kotsay. Greinke walked off toward the Dodgers’ dugout, his uniform top disheveled. After the teams started clearing the field, Jerry Hairston Jr. came running across the field yelling and pointing at someone in the San Diego dugout and had to be restrained. Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp also was livid, perhaps in part because Padres starter Jason Marquis threw a high-and-tight pitch to him in the first inning. The benches and bullpens emptied again, leading to pushing and shoving. But it did not appear any punches were thrown. How long Greinke will be lost is uncertain, while this is a bog loss for the Dodgers, you have to believe they are thankful it wasn’t Clayton Kershaw that got hurt. But you want a better return for the 147 million spent on Zach Greinke.
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