Will shattered collarbone shelve Greinke for season? • Latino Sports


Will shattered collarbone shelve Greinke for season?


In the movie War Between the Roses, the escalation of insults between estranged lovers escalates far beyond reasonable bounds.

So it is when bad blood flows in the veins of baseball rivals.

The San Diego Padres, no threat to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West title chase, did their best to derail their neighbor to the north in a massive brawl Thursday night.

Zack Greinke, the prize pitching catch of last winter’s free agent market, suffered a broken left collarbone after San Diego’s Carlos Quentin — with a 45-pound weight advantage — crashed into him near the mound. The Dodger righthander, selected by this columnist to win the 2013 NL Cy Young Award, could be out three months or longer — and may need surgery to piece himself back together.

Although he’s only 29, his career might never be the same.

But was the 30-year-old Quentin entirely to blame? He’s been hit twice by Greinke before, dating back to the days when the righty worked for the Royals and the outfielder played for the White Sox, and was hit by a pitch during the Dodgers game the night before.

On the other hand, Quentin crowds the plate — accounting for the 116 times he’s been hit by pitches and the five visits he’s made to the disabled list during his seven-year career. Greinke’s pitch hit him on the arm but struck a nerve in his head.

The fact that the alleged beanball occurred on a 3-2 count while the Dodgers nursed a 2-1 lead suggests that a Greinke pitch got away. But who knows for sure what lurks in the mind of the pitcher, who won an American League Cy Young in 2009.

Earlier in the game, Greinke saw teammate Matt Kemp, the biggest bat in the Los Angeles lineup, hit by the San Diego pitcher. During the benches-clearing brawl that followed the second hit batsman, Greinke, Quentin, Kemp, and Scott Hairston were all thrown out by the umpires. Fines are sure to follow.

“I don’t understand it,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “Were in a 2-1 game and we’re trying to hit him on a 3-2 pitch to a guy that I see on the board set a record for the Padres by getting hit, a guy who dives into the plate? In a 2-1 game we’re trying to hit him 3-2?

“He caused the whole thing. He shouldn’t play a game until Greinke can pitch.”

The main beneficiaries seem to be the San Francisco Giants, winners of two world championships in the past three seasons. The Dodgers, with more money in the bank, spent lavishly during the winter in an attempt to dethrone the Giants. But their six-year, $147 million investment in Greinke is already in jeopardy.

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About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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