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Zack Greinke undergoes surgery for broken collarbone, expected to miss eight weeks

Apr 14, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

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As scheduled, Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke underwent surgery on Saturday to repair his broken left collarbone. Doctors inserted a metal rod to stabilize Greinke’s clavicle during the 90-minute procedure and are expecting him to be out for the next eight weeks. This according to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angles Times.

Greinke suffered the fracture Thursday when he was charged by Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin. Quentin was suspended eight games by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount.

Greinke signed a six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers this winter and owns a 1.59 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB ratio through his first 11 1/3 innings with the team. He’ll be back in mid-June.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Eight games. Once again, the clueless factotums of MLB demonstrate that they have no sense of proportion and no idea about the kinds of actions they need to take if they want to put a stop to gutter level behavior by their ballplayers. But fifty games for a piss test that you took something that really makes no difference in your performance anyway? Well, that’ll show ’em that you mean business.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Your comment makes too much sense. Where’s the hate?

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      If punishments were proportional, some manager would throw a Rookie-league level pitcher out there to throw at the head of the opposing team’s best hitter, hoping that a fight ensues and his pitcher gets a broken bone. That would take his opponent’s best weapon out for a few months, and only cost his team a low-level minor league goon.

      Basically what I’m saying is this – baseball could be turned into hockey. And none of us wants that.

  2. siggtacular - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Mlb has nothing on the NFL

  3. sepl12 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Can’t he sue for damages? Charging the mound has as much place in baseball as taking a hockey stick to a guy’s face. If you charge the mound and hurt the other person you should be arrested for assault. Get that crap off of tv and stop making it seem acceptable to the kids watching from home.

  4. pgilbert15303 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Wow, come to think of it, baseball can now take the best part of hockey.

    If your smart, you add a goon like Dave Shultz or Tiger Williams. Just think, your the Giants three games out of first place and your up against the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and you send the muscle head to bat; first tight pitch he pummels Kershaw and gets 5 to 8 games and the Giants end up in first place.

    Forget Baseketball… Baseballkey is the new sport.

  5. greysolon - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Eight weeks to think about your mistakes, Zack.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      What’s awesome is how well adjusted you seem to be.

  6. shwoogy1 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    This kind of stuff has been happening since the beginning of baseball. The MLB is not overreacting to something that’s been happening for forever in the sport. Throwing it somebody being a picture and charging the mound on the same level and they basically are on the same stupidity level. No one should blame Carlos Quentin for charging Zack Grienke since he’s been throwing at him for the past six years. These guys have been playing each other for a long time and Carlos finally had enough. I think the penalty should have been less. The only reason it was eight games is because Zack Grienke broke his collarbone.

    • stercuilus65 - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      Only a moron thinks he was throwing at him in a one run game.
      But hell by your logic practically everyone one is throwing at him considering he has been hit 116 times in his career.

  7. schlom - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Interesting to note that most people think it’s ok to intentionally throw at a batter (as it’s certainly possible Greinke threw at Quentin) yet it’s not ok for a batter to charge the mound.

    • Old Gator - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      One that that never falters is your level of idiocy. Look at the game situation as though facts actually mean something and explain why a pitcher with that score and count would “intentionally” throw at someone. You might also want to look at some video of Quentin’s batting stance and maybe even you would figure out why it is that he gets hit so often.

      • schlom - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        I didn’t realize that you were able to see into the head of Zach Greinke and come to the conclusion that it was just an accident. Can you do that with everyone or just him? If it’s everyone you should probably work for MLB and be the “suspension czar.”

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Well, as long as it’s okay to hold a grudge and then bust some dude’s collarbone the first chance you get, that’s cool.

      • gloccamorra - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        WHO busted Greinke’s collarbone? Was it the initial contact? Was it when Ellis knocked Quentin on top of Greinke? Or was it when Dodgers piled on, with Greinke on the bottom? Look at the video. The only Padres on the field initially were Quentin and Yonder Alonso who came in from the on deck circle. Greinke/Quentin were surrounded by Dodgers infielders when Greinke got knocked down. Ask Craig if he could prove in court that Quentin was the culprit.

      • stercuilus65 - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        A)This isn’t a court of law
        B)If quentin hadn’t charged the mound the collarbone would never have been broke
        C) Please tell me you honestly don’t think that massive hit to the shoulder wasn’t the likely culprit? Get real.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        I’m going to cut you some slack, but, man, if you can’t see where I’m coming from (including my user name) then I don’t know what to tell ya.

  8. BigBeachBall - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    If you cant handle a mound rush, then maybe you shouldnt be intentionally hitting guys…. Just a thought. Mans game.

  9. jrod2go - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Hey scholm, it was a 3-2 pitch in a one run game with a man on…Still think he threw at him on purpose? And DYK that Quentin has been HBP somewhere around 150 times in his career? Yeah..this is Greinke’s fault.

    • schlom - Apr 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Yes, I think it’s more likely he threw at him than it was just a pitch that got away. What I think is hilarious is the fact that people think no one has ever been hit intentionally with a 3-2 count and nobody out when there are plenty of stories floating around about pitchers hitting guys in that situation instead of giving up the walk. So if Greinke was pitching around Quentin and decided that instead of giving the Padres most dangerous hitter a chance to beat him he’d rather just put him on why wouldn’t he hit him there instead of just walking him? Their past history and the fact that the catcher was set up low and away the pitch came up and in makes this certainly possible.

      • stercuilus65 - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

        The pitch was nine inches inside. A 3-2 count one run game. Are you new to the game of baseball?

  10. jrod2go - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    2013 Carlos Quentin: 0 HR, 4 H, .174 BA. Calling him SDs most dangerous hitter is like calling Smurfette the most dangerous Smurf

  11. baylj98 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Quentin did not even try to get out of the way. He should be suspended for 8 weeks or until the Dodgers pitcher comes back. There are too many hotheads in baseball. Just play the game and take your paycheck. I played a long time ago just for the fun and thrill of competition with other like minded players. And then my priorities changed and decided to raise my family. I have been a baseball fan for 65 years. It’s still exciting to watch. The players are a whole lot better these days. I would love to see another 400 hitter and 30 game winner. Enjoy the games everyone. Have a good day.

    • gloccamorra - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      The Dodgers infielders should be suspended for jumping in a pil when Greinke was on the ground.

  12. slickdemetrius - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I don’t think a suspension is an adequate punishment. What would be original as a punishment is having Mr.Quentin walk out of Dodger stadium, after dark, sans the security escort. Whenever he recovers, he can return to playing.

    • gloccamorra - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      The suspension is for charging the mound, slick. That’s ALL that can be proven against Quentin. All the guys who jumped on Quentin when he was on the ground on top of Greinke were Dodgers. THEY probably broke his collarbone, so why not suspend them?

      • stercuilus65 - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        Seriously Gloc? Smh….pathetic.

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