Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) is checked out by trainer Sue Falsone as first base coach Davey Lopes (center) looks on after a bench clearing brawl resulted following San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (not pictured) being hit by a pitch during the sixth inning at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Birdman Breaks His Wing During Cowardly Attack

Right hander Zack Greinke broke his left collar bone Thursday night during the Dodgers 3-2 win over the Padres. The winged right hander suffered the injury during an ugly brawl on the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning. The injury took place after Greinke unintentionally plunked Carlos Quentin in the arm with a pitch. Quentin charged the mound, and collided with Greinke’s left shoulder, before tackling him to the ground. This resulted in a benches clearing brawl which lasted for an undetermined amount of time.

Our beautiful 147 million dollar prize, Birdman Zack Greinke was injured during the cowardly attack by San Diego thug Carlos Quentin. During the bottom of the sixth inning, with the Dodgers leading 2-1, Greinke accidentally plunked Quentin with a 3-2 pitch. The pitch lightly bounced off of his arm. it was nothing. The attack was totally uncalled for. Quentin turned like he was going to trot down to first, then all of a sudden, he lost his mind. After all when something is that small it is easy to lose.

Quentin suddenly and violently charged the mound, running at poor Greinke. All Birdman could do was protect his pitching shoulder, and prepare for the collision. Greinke turned his non-pitching shoulder towards Quentin, who collided with Greinke, before tackling him to the ground. The benches cleared, and the Dodgers did all they could to protect their teammate. Once the fray was cleared on the field, we saw Greinke walking off into the clubhouse with head trainer Sue falsone, and we feared the worst.

Greinke has a fractured left collar bone.-Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

After the game it was announced by the club, that Greinke has a fractured left collar bone that was suffered from the collision. That’s the official diagnosis, as Greinke was seen wearing a sling in the clubhouse after the game. We won’t know how long Greinke will be out, but it appears it could be at least 4-6 weeks. Greinke was making just his second start with the Dodgers. Greinke who battled a sore elbow during spring training, has only been on the disabled list during the season once before.

Manager Don Mattingly was not happy about the incident and injury to Greinke, and made his voice heard during the postgame press conference.

He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch. If he plays before Greinke pitches, something is wrong

Greinke will have his shoulder evaluated in Los Angeles on Friday. Until then we wait for further information.

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  • AaronKnuckleCurve

    i read his lips when he said it. “i broke my collar bone.” Man that gave me chills. Yes, Quentin and he have a history. This just sucks. the only Silver lining i can see is that he’ll be resting his good arm too. His velocity is way down this year so far. He only hit 93 twice, if that. But this is sad. Quentin is a brute. But Greinke didnt help himself much.

    • LasordasLair

      No silver lining on this one……

  • Placidin

    I must say after watching the replay AJ Ellis was quite slow to react. It looks like he had time to get out to Quentin once he hesitated. I hope Mattingly has a talk with Ellis about those situations. Ellis needs to channel his inner Dick Butkus and go make a tackle. Sure glad they didn’t trade Capuano.

    • Quasimodo

      A.J. was not slow! PERIOD! And he made that tackle you say he should of made. My love for A.J. jumped 100%! Sure, it would of been nice had A.J. been able to get there sooner, but Quentin had quite a head start that the camera angle couldn’t capture. God I love A.J.!

      • Placidin

        Let me clarify, not knocking AJ at all. Just think it was a learning experience and something he may not have diagnosed right away. I have a feeling he will be in Quentin’s grill before he even gets out of the batters box next time.

        • LasordasLair

          This has nothing to do with AJ. Quentin is a thug, and should be suspended for the rest of the season for his cowardly actions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derrick.thompson.1042 Derrick Thompson

    Quentin is a complete punk! he out weighs Greinke by like 40 or 50 pounds! It is not like Greinke threw at his head, I don’t care what the history between them is, he got lightly plunked on the arm. It is part of the game and expected after the threw AT Kemps head! If Kemp gets suspended for sticking up for his pitcher bieng attacked by this idiot it will be a shame!

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