SAN DIEGO--What Carlos Quentin did to derail the Dodgers' season is pretty ugly. What he did to the derail the San Diego Padres' season might be worse.
When Quentin threw Zack Greinke to the ground and broke his collarbone, the slugger said he was settling a score from years before he ever joined the Padres.
Quentin appears satisfied, no matter how much pain he inflicted on the team that made him its highest-paid player, a team that had absolutely no quarrel with Greinke.
The Padres need Quentin now, and desperately. They are off to a 2-7 start. Their starting pitchers have thrown the fewest innings in the National League. They have hit three home runs, or one more than Juan Uribe. Their lineup, offensively challenged even at full strength, is missing two of its most effective pieces in third baseman Chase Headley and catcher Yasmani Grandal.