San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - In the bottom of the sixth inning ofThursday's contest between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, abench-clearing brawl broke out between both clubs.
To make matters worse for the Dodgers, starter Zack Greinke suffered afractured left collarbone during the incident, the team announced after thecontest.
Greinke, who gave up two runs on five hits and one walk while striking outfour batters in Los Angeles' 3-2 victory, was injured as a result of a tusslewith San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin.
Greinke threw an inside fastball that hit Quentin in the upper left back areaon a 3-2 pitch. Immediately, the two began verbally arguing before bothcharged at each other.
"I never hit him on purpose," Greinke said after the game." He always seem tothink I'm hitting him on purpose, but that's not the case."
Quentin and Greinke collided near the mound and both team's benches cleared,creating a large pile. After umpires and coaches alike attempted to break upthe fight, both teams eventually went back to their respected dugouts.
Los Angeles infielder Jerry Hairston and other San Diego players continued toargue with each other and some pushing and confrontation continued yet again.
Play resumed after the incident lasted roughly 10-plus minutes. Greinke leftdue to the injury and was not ejected, but Hairston, fellow Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp, and Quentin were ejected from the game.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the righty will return to Los Angeles tosee Dr. Neal Elattrache Friday. The skipper was also critical of Quentin'sactions.
"(Quentin) should not play a game until Greinke can pitch," an upset Mattinglysaid. "He caused the whole thing. Nothing happens if he goes to first base.You know (Greinke's) not throwing at you if it's 3-2. That's zerounderstanding of baseball."