Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke fractures clavicle in brawl with San Diego Padres.

When the Dodgers retained a surplus of starting pitchers in anticipation that their top five would not make every start this season, they could not have imagined a scenario like the one that unfolded Thursday night.

Zack Greinke left his start against the San Diego Padres after fracturing his left clavicle in the midst of a benches-clearing brawl that started when the Padres’ Carlos Quentin charged the mound after being hit by a Greinke pitch in the sixth inning.

Here’s the video of the brawl from tonight’s broadcast:

Three Dodgers players were ejected: Greinke, Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr. So was Quentin.

Hairston re-ignited the brawl by charging toward the Padres’ dugout after most players had return to their respective clubhouses and bullpens. Kemp charged in from center field to join the initial brawl and had to be separated multiple times. It is unclear why Greinke was ejected.

Quentin, Hairston and Kemp could be sidelined for a time if Major League Baseball chooses to suspend them. The greater concern is Greinke.

Clavicle injuries are relatively rare in baseball. Colorado Rockies infielder Clint Barmes, a right-handed thrower, broke his left clavicle when he fell carrying deer meat in June 2005. He did not appear in a game between June 5 and Sept. 2 of that year, nearly a three-month absence. Advances in treatment and the degree of each injury makes a direct comparison impossible, but there are few other data points to compare to.

Quentin has a history of getting in the way of pitches. Last season he led the National League in hit by pitches with 17; the year before with the Chicago White Sox, he led the American League with 23. His 106 HBPs between 2007 and 2012 were the second-most in baseball during the time period.

After the game, reporters in both clubhouses relayed the players’ and managers’ reactions via Twitter:

USA Today has posted a photo gallery of the brawl and the hallway confrontation between Kemp and Quentin here.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.