Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin banned 8 games for role in brawl

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Major League Baseball has suspended San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin eight games for attacking Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke on the mound that triggered a bench-clearing brawl Thursday at Petco Park.

Joe Garagiola Jr., MLB senior vice president of standards and on-field operations, said Quentin was also fined an undisclosed amount.

Quentin, who charged the mound after being hit by a Greinke pitch in the Dodgers’ 3-2 victory, said he will appeal the suspension.

“I was hoping for the best, but expecting the worst,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “I know these things vary from case to case, and eight games seems a little on the high side.”

Greinke, who was ejected after the incident, suffered a fractured collarbone from Quentin’s attack.

Greinke’s teammate Jerry Hairston was suspended one game. Like Quentin, Hairston will also appeal the decision.

With his suspension on appeal, Quentin played the first game of a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies Friday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

The Padres head to Dodger Stadium Monday for the first of three games against the Dodgers, one of 16 more meetings between the teams this season.

“We’ll miss having Carlos however long he’s out, but other guys have to keep the offense going while he’s not in the lineup,” Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso said.

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