Everyone knew that brawl that erupted between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres on Thursday night would have lasting repercussions.
However, no one at the time could have known that the aftereffects would be felt for two months.
On Friday, the Sporting News reported that Zack Greinke, the Dodgers pitcher who suffered a broken collarbone when Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound, will be having surgery and will miss eight weeks.
In the sixth inning of the one-run game, Greinke plunked Quentin on the elbow. Enraged, Quentin charged the mound. With more than 40 pounds on Greinke and a running start, the Dodgers’ $147 million man probably should have slid out of the way. Instead, he stood his ground like a competitor and took Quentin’s blow.
From there, both benches cleared and pitchers sprinted in from the bullpen. Both Greinke and Quentin were ejected, but from the sounds of it, Greinke would have been done pitching at that point anyway.
As one of Los Angeles’ big-time offseason acquisitions, big things were expected out of Greinke when he arrived, and they will be expected of him when he returns to the diamond.
In 11 1/3 innings pitched, he is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 10 strikeouts.
Hopefully, tempers are toned back down in a hurry. The two teams meet yet again for a three-game series on Monday night at Dodgers Stadium.