The fallout from Thursday night’s brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres seemingly won’t end. We all knew Zack Greinke broke his collarbone when Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin charged the mound but we didn’t know how long that injury would ultimately keep him out of action. After signing a massive $147 million contract this winter with the Dodgers, Greinke will not see the mound again until at least mid-June as he will need eight weeks to recover from surgery that will see a rod placed in his shoulder.
The Dodgers said Greinke was examined Friday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles and had a CT scan. ElAttrache and Dr. John Itamura will operate Saturday at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles to place a rod in the clavicle to stabilize and align the fracture.
- ESPN Los Angeles
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked to the media about losing Greinke, and he was obviously and understandably distressed. Still, he appeared much calmer and far more somber than he was immediately after the game on Thursday which featured the incident in question.
“Obviously, the attention that he got this winter and things that he’s done in his past tell you he’s hard to replace,” Mattingly said, via ESPN LA. “I guess we’re in a sense fortunate that we have a few extra starters this spring, and right now it’s a good thing.”
Greinke ended up avoiding a suspension from Major League Baseball, as did his teammate Matt Kemp. Carlos Quentin was handed an eight game suspension for breaking Greinke’s collarbone and Jerry Hairston Jr. was also slapped with a suspension, albeit for a single game. But while he avoided a suspension, the Dodgers and Greinke are clearly losing in the long run, as Ted Lily and Chris Capuano will be among the candidate to fill Greinke’s Cy Young shoes in Los Angeles’ starting rotation.