LOS ANGELES -- Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria, heading to the batting cage under the field level, stopped at the Dodgers clubhouse doors to tell Vicente Padilla that Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand had suffered a broken cheekbone when beaned by Padilla on Friday night.
"I'm very sorry," said Padilla. "I'd like to talk to him. I don't want there to be any misunderstanding. It was not intentional. I was just trying to pitch inside, but I never pitch a ball close to anyone's head. And I didn't want to load the bases."
Padilla's 87-mph sinker rode up and hit Rowand, who also suffered a concussion, with one out, two on and two runs in. Earlier in the game, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was buzzed under the chin by Giants starter Todd Wellemeyer one at-bat after Kemp homered.
"I wish people would take the situation into consideration. It was first and second with a lead," said manager Joe Torre. "If you're going to make a statement, that's certainly not the time to do it. Padilla's ball has movement and Rowand is on top of the plate. Hit in the head, you don't wish that on anybody. I don't find it suspicious. Alarming, for sure. But it's not the time to hit somebody and put the game in jeopardy."
Nonetheless, Padilla came to the Dodgers with a reputation for headhunting, so in some quarters Padilla will be guilty until proven innocent.
"You're right, any time it happens they'll say that's his reputation," said Torre. "You can understand if somebody perceives that. But I didn't see any reaction over there that leads me to believe they were angry. Major League Baseball has made the umpires sensitive, and they didn't do anything [no warnings were issued], which I was happy about. I thought the umpires acted appropriately."