Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, in his first comments since undergoing surgery to repair a broken collarbone, said he regretted not alerting catcher A.J. Ellis to a history of ill will between Greinke and San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin.
The history dates back to 2009, when Greinke played for the Kansas City Royals and Quentin played for the Chicago White Sox.
When Greinke hit Quentin with a pitch last week, Quentin hesitated, then charged the mound. Ellis, believing there would be no incident after the hesitation, could not restrain Quentin before the Padres slugger threw Greinke to the ground and injured him.
Greinke said he apologized to Ellis for not advising him of the potential for trouble.
"Anyone with the White Sox has always labeled me as someone who does stuff," Greinke said. "I didn't think it would happen. Looking back, I should have warned him."