Greinke breaks collarbone in fight with Padres

dodgers-padres-fight-espn.pngZack Greinke, the Dodgers' most highly paid pitcher, ended up at the bottom of a scrum after hitting the Padres' Carlos Quentin with a pitch. Quentin charged the mound and assaulted Greinke, players from both dugouts rushed onto the field, and angry pushing and shoving ensued. In the end, the fortunes of the Dodgers season may be soured as a result of this one incident. "Greinke will be out however long it takes his collarbone to heal, his throwing program to reset and his minor league rehabilitation assignment to end. Think months, not weeks," says Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles. "It might have cost them their status as co-favorites in a division that features the two-time defending champion San Francisco Giants and might be deeper than we originally thought." Greinke's contract is $147 million for six years; this is his first month with the team.

The bad blood between the Dodgers and Padres is now official. Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp, who was ejected for his role in the fight, confronted Quentin as they were leaving San Diego's Petco Park after the game, according to ESPN. "The two went nose-to-nose briefly before Padres pitcher Clayton Richard stepped between them. Police and security broke it up."

Photo: ESPN LA video screen grab

More by Kevin Roderick:
'In on merit' at USC
Read the memo: LA Times hires again
Read the memo: LA Times losing big on search traffic
Google taking over LA's deadest shopping mall
Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff
Recent Sports stories on LA Observed:
Partner practice makes perfect
Local kid makes an impression at the BNP Paribas Open
Now who do I root for? World Cup down to its final eight
Yes, there will still be a World Cup. No, the USA is not playing. So what now?
Dodger Stadium announcement
The night Kirk Gibson made deadline
They said it in Indian Wells
The kids on court at Indian Wells