Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters in the aftermath of last Friday’s benches-clearing brawl that Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin should be suspended for as long as it takes Zack Greinke to fully recover from his fractured left collarbone.
Greinke, though, says that would be “pretty crazy.”
This is from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times:
Quentin was suspended eight games, a penalty Greinke said he believed was the maximum ever levied by Major League Baseball against a batter charging the mound.
“Right there, that says a lot,” Greinke said. “To expect the league to do more than that would be pretty crazy.”
Greinke would not say whether he had heard from Quentin since the incident. Greinke also would not comment on Quentin’s contention that the pitcher yelled an expletive at him before he charged the mound. “It just isn’t anyone else’s business,” Greinke said.
The $147 million man will be sidelined for at least six more weeks. Ted Lilly is taking his rotation spot.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.