San Diego Padres' Carlos Quentin charges into Dodgers pitcher Zack… (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated…)
If Dodgers fans were expecting some fireworks when the Padres and Carlos Quentin came to Chavez Ravine, they’ll just have to wait for their usual place on Friday nights.
At least for today, as Quentin was left out of the Padres starting lineup. Monday night's game marks the first time since the infamous April 11 benches-clearing brawl that Quentin was eligible to face the Dodgers.
Padres Manager Bud Black said Quentin will not be in the starting lineup because of a left shoulder injury that stems from a collision with the outfield wall in Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. However, Quentin may be available to pinch-hit.
“I’d like to get back on the field as soon as soon as I can and get all this behind me and get everything refocused to baseball,” Quentin said.
After Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke plunked Quentin and the two exchanged words, the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Padres outfielder charged the mound. In self-defense, Grienke dropped his shoulder, which resulted in a broken collarbone and a month-long stint on the disabled list for the former Cy Young Award winner.
“I spoke with him three, four days after the incident…. It was a productive conversation. The rest of that conversation I’m going to keep private, but it was productive,” Quentin said.
“Zack is a great pitcher, a huge free agent acquisition by the Dodgers and he was unfortunately injured so it obviously makes sense that it would draw attention. For me, it was the kind of attention I never really want to draw to myself. So, like I said, as soon as I’m physically able to I’ll be back out there and get back to baseball and get it behind me.”
Quentin’s actions enraged Dodgers management and players, especially center fielder Matt Kemp, who had to be restrained after confronting Quentin in the parking lot after the game.
Likewise, Kemp will not be available for Monday’s game or the series, for that matter. The slumping 28-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a strained hamstring.
Asked if he was worried about any form of retaliation, Quentin sidestepped the question, saying he just wants to move on.
“The game will dictate anything like that—it always has. So I’d like to just get out there and return to baseball,” he said. “… It will just be good to be back on the field. Playing in this environment, I’m sure it will be interesting…. It will be baseball. Whether it’s in the past or not, for me it is."