Hopefully Magic Johnson and the rest of the new Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group took out serious medical insurance on their new, $147 million man. After signing the fourth-richest contract ever for a pitcher, Zack Greinke now finds himself sidelined with a fractured collarbone he sustained when San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound during a Thursday evening game.
After Greinke plunked Quentin on the elbow, Quentin approached the mound with his bat, eventually dropped it, and charged. Greinke stood his ground against the far bigger slugger, but as it turns out, that was the wrong idea.
Then again, Quentin’s actions so infuriated Greinke’s teammates that Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp actually had to be stopped by security guards and Padres pitcher Clayton Richard from attacking Quentin in the hallway after the game.
“That’s terrible for him to charge the mound like that,” Kemp said, according to USA Today. “I think Carlos Quentin went to Stanford. I heard there’s some smart people at Stanford. That wasn’t too smart.”
Kemp’s manager, Don Mattingly, doesn’t care who’s smart and who’s not. He just does not want to see Quentin back on the baseball field until Greinke can return himself.
“We’re in a 2-1 game and on a 3-2 pitch to a guy that I see on the [score]board set a record for the Padres by getting hit, a guy who basically dives into the plate,” Mattingly said, according to the MLB.com report. “In a 2-1 game, we’re trying to hit him, 3-2?
“It’s just stupid is what it is. He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch. If he plays before Greinke pitches, something is wrong.”
Conversely, Quentin is not exactly going to be kept up at night worrying about his former AL Central foe. Greinke once beaned Quentin with a pitch when they played for the Royals and White Sox, respectively.
“It’s unfortunate. It could have been avoided. You can ask Zack about that.
“For me, I’ve been hit by many pitches in my career. I think you guys know that. I can tell you I’ve never responded in that fashion, so you guys can do your homework on that. For me, the situation is done. That’s it.”
Despite only playing in 86 games in 2012, Quentin still managed to lead the league in being hit by pitches, with 17. That came on the heels of being hit by 23 pitches in 2011, a number that also led the league.
For his part, however, Greinke claims to have never intentionally thrown at the outfielder.
“The only thing I’m going to say about the whole thing that happened there is I’ve never hit him on purpose. I never thought of hitting him on purpose.”