San Diego, CA – In the bottom of the sixth inning of Thursday's contest between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres, a bench-clearing brawl broke out between both clubs.
To make matters worse for the Dodgers, starter Zack Greinke suffered a fractured left collarbone during the incident, the team announced after the contest.
Greinke, who gave up two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four batters in Los Angeles' 3-2 victory, was injured as a result of a tussle with San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin.
Greinke threw an inside fastball that hit Quentin in the upper left back area on a 3-2 pitch. Immediately, the two began verbally arguing before both charged at each other.
"I never hit him on purpose," Greinke said after the game." He always seem to think 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 up the fight, both teams eventually went back to their respected dugouts.
Los Angeles infielder Jerry Hairston and other San Diego players continued to argue with each other and some pushing and confrontation continued yet again.
Play resumed after the incident lasted roughly 10-plus minutes. Greinke left due to the injury and was not ejected, but Hairston, fellow Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, and Quentin were ejected from the game.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the righty will return to Los Angeles to see Dr. Neal Elattrache Friday. The skipper was also critical of Quentin's actions.
"(Quentin) should not play a game until Greinke can pitch," an upset Mattingly said. "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 zero understanding of baseball."