Against the crummy San Diego Padres, in just the second week of the season, the Dodgers’ title hopes took a difficult blow Thursday.
Zack Greinke, the Dodgers’ new $147-million starting pitcher, fractured his left collarbone in a sixth-inning brawl.
After Greinke hit the Padres’ Carlos Quentin with a pitch -- on a full count in a game the Dodgers were leading by a run – the outfielder took umbrage and charged the mound. The two rammed into each other with their shoulders.
Greinke used his left, non-throwing shoulder, but the damage was serious nonetheless. He left Petco Park in a sling and was scheduled to head to Los Angeles to be examined by team physicians.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly placed all the blame on Quentin for charging the mound in a situation where Greinke would clearly not be intentionally throwing at him.