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Mattingly doesn't expect Greinke-Quentin repeat

Mattingly doesn't expect Greinke-Quentin repeat


SAN DIEGO -- Manager Don Mattingly predicted there would be no Saturday night rematch of the April skirmish between Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke and Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who would face each other for the first time since that brawl.

"I don't expect anything at all," Mattingly said before the game. "I'm not saying a ball doesn't get away and he gets hit. It could happen with anybody. But I would be shocked if Zack hits him on purpose. Shocked. I'm pretty sure he's not going to. I don't think there's any way he's throwing at him.

"We've had enough issues. Zack has had enough issues. He's been in the middle of things, he's been on the right side of it in my opinion. But we're not in position to do any of that stuff. We need Zack to get deep in the game and put a win on the board."

Greinke hit Quentin in the back on April 11 for what turned out to be the third time in their careers. Quentin took a few steps toward the mound, Greinke told him to "wave it," and Quentin charged, spearing the right-hander on his left shoulder and breaking his left collarbone, which required surgery to repair and a month to rehab. Greinke still has a metal plate holding the bone in place.

Two nights before the brawl, Quentin was hit on the wrist by a Ronald Belisario pitch and missed the next game with a bruise.

On Apr. 9, 2009, Greinke hit Quentin in the back with a pitch, Quentin took a couple steps toward the mound, then was intercepted by home-plate umpire Bill Hohn and Royals catcher Miguel Olivo.

Earlier this month, Greinke triggered a brawl by getting hit near his neck by a pitch from Arizona's Ian Kennedy, as retaliation for Greinke hitting Miguel Montero with a pitch, after Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig in the nose with a pitch.

Since the Dodgers-Padres brawl, Quentin said he spoke to Greinke, but the pitcher would not elaborate with reporters.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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