LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2013 — The game was in the bottom of the sixth inning in San Diego with the Dodgers leading 2-1. Carlos Quentin was at the plate with a 3-2 count and no outs. Zack Greinke’s next pitch floated inside and hit Quentin in the shoulder as so many pitches do with the oft-injured slugger.
What happened next is not what usually happens. Carlos Quentin decided that this would be the moment he finally stood up for himself and charged the mound because he felt that Zack Greinke intentionally hit him, in a one run game, with a full count.
Carlos Quentin is no stranger to getting hit by pitches. He led the league in this category in 2011 while playing in just 118 games. Again, in 2012, he led the league in getting hit by a pitch, but he accomplished this feat while playing in just 86 games. The guy has a reputation for hanging over the plate.
When the ruckus died down, Greinke was left with a broken collarbone and in need of a surgically implanted rod. Greinke will probably miss eight weeks due to the injury. The Dodgers’ Jerry Hairston Jr. received a one game suspension. Neither Kemp nor Greinke, both ejected Thursday, have received punishments from MLB.
Matt Kemp caught up with Carlos Quentin after Thursday’s game in a hallway that leads to the Padres parking lot. The two had to be separated and then Kemp also got into it with Padres starting pitcher, Clayton Richard.
Dodger players, coaches and fans called for Carlos Quentin to be suspended for the duration that Greinke will be on the disabled list. There was zero precedent of that type of punishment. Quentin received an eight game suspension, which he is appealing.
The Padres will be in Los Angeles on Monday for the start of a three game series at Dodger Stadium. If Quentin either gets a hearing this weekend or drops his appeal, he will not be with the team in Los Angeles. It is more likely that he goes through with the appeal and will be in uniform for San Diego on Monday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly played it safe and smart by saying that they do not intend to retaliate because they are “trying to win games” and they are “not MMA fighters.” Clayton Kershaw, who is scheduled to pitch in the final game of the series against the Padres in Los Angeles, said of Quentin, “If he’s smart, he’ll just take the suspension.”
Time will tell what comes of this and perhaps not during the next series, but retaliation lies in wait for Carlos Quentin at some point this season. The teams are scheduled to play nine more games in Los Angeles and seven more games in San Diego.
Replacing Greinke for the next two months will probably be Chris Capuano, who was relegated to a bullpen role when the team sign Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu during the offseason. Another option is Ted Lilly. Lilly has been on the DL all year and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session and be activated this week.
Last week, the Dodgers traded the guy that would have been another candidate to replace Greinke, Aaron Harang, to Colorado for veteran backup catcher Ramon Hernandez. Harang has since been shipped to Seattle where he will take the fifth spot in the Mariners’ rotation.
The season is young and already the Dodgers are dealing with two superstars going on the disabled list. Hanley Ramirez injured his thumb in March while playing in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic. He is expected to be out until May.
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