San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin has been suspended eight games for his role in a benches-clearing melee with pitcher Zack Greinke that left the Los Angeles Dodger with a broken collarbone.
Major League Baseball announced the ban on Friday just one day after Quentin charged the mound and collided hard with Greinke, sparking an all-out tussle in the sixth inning of the Dodgers 3-2 win. The punishment also includes an undisclosed fine.
Quentin, who has been hit by pitchers 116 times in his career, said charging the mound was payback for being plunked by Greinke three times in the past five years.
"Myself and Greinke have history," Quentin said. "I feel like he's just trying to intimidate people. I don't know anyone who has hit him on purpose. I know I haven't.
"It could have been avoided. It wasn't avoided. Our history has been documented. You can look it up."
The Dodgers announced Friday that Greinke had suffered a busted left collarbone and will undergo surgery Saturday. He could miss up to eight weeks.
Greinke defended the pitch saying that it just got away from him.
"I never hit him on purpose," said Greinke, who escaped a suspension. "He always seems to think I'm hitting him on purpose, but that's not the case."
Play resumed after the incident which lasted about 10 minutes. Greinke left because of the injury but was not ejected. Padres' Quentin was tossed after the fight.
Los Angeles infielder Jerry Hairston also received a one-game ban and an undisclosed fine for his role in the tussle.
Quentin has appealed his ban.