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Padres' Carlos Quentin drops appeal, begins eight-game suspension
Quentin was suspended for charging Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke on the mound Thursday, which resulted in Greinke breaking his collarbone.
SAN DIEGO — San Diego Padres slugger Carlos Quentin on Sunday dropped his appeal and began serving an eight-game suspension for rushing the mound and inciting a brawl in which Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke broke his left collarbone.
With the suspension starting with Sunday's game against Colorado, Quentin will miss the Padres' three-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday night.
"There's been many different ideas and thoughts and concerns out there," Quentin said Sunday. "Let me say this as far as the Dodgers series: Obviously I will miss the upcoming one but I will be a part of the rest. We play them many times."
Quentin charged the mound after he was hit in the upper left arm by a pitch from Greinke. The two players lowered their shoulders and Quentin slammed into Greinke, who broke his left collarbone in the wild fight that ensued.
Quentin has said he felt justified rushing the mound because Greinke hit him with pitches during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, when they played in the AL. Going into Thursday night's game, Quentin had hit three home runs in 24 at-bats against Greinke, who signed a $147 million contract with the Dodgers in the offseason.
"It's very difficult," Quentin said of the suspension. "It's unfortunate that someone got hurt in this instance. But I do believe that I had to protect myself."
Quentin, Greinke, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Matt Kemp were ejected. Hairston was issued a one-game suspension.
Miami Marlins reserve outfielder Austin Kearns was taken to a hospital with an irregular heartbeat before Sunday's game against Philadelphia, and the team said he would be kept overnight for observation.
• The Blue Jays are experimenting with playing Brett Lawrie at second base as a way to deal with an ankle injury that will keep Jose Reyes out until the All-Star break. The move would allow Maicer Izturis to take Reyes' place at shortstop.
• Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan is expected to miss a few days with a sore right hamstring.
• The Chicago Cubs said catcher Steve Clevenger is expected to miss at least six weeks because of a strained left abdomen.
• Indians outfielder Michael Bourn is going to miss several games after receiving five stitches to close a cut on his right index finger. Bourn was injured in the eighth inning of Cleveland's loss to the White Sox when his hand was stepped on by pitcher Matt Thornton while Bourn slid headfirst into first base.