The big news from Thursday was a brawl in the Dodgers-Padres game that left SP Zack Greinke with a broken collarbone. Greinke's prognosis is TBD, but figure that he'll miss at least a month. We should hear more from the Dodgers later today.
The brawl started when Greinke hit Padres OF Carlos Quentin, who gets hit by everybody, all the time, because he stands on home plate. Quentin thinks Greinke makes a habit of hitting him, and did so intentionally even though it was a 3-2 count in a one-run game, as the Dodgers noted. Maybe that's the case - Quentin claims that Greinke said something after the HBP that set him off - but either way, expect Quentin to be suspended. Watch for a possible Matt Kemp suspension as well, since he confronted Quentin in a stadium tunnel after the game. The first link in this entry's first paragraph - here it is again - does a great job of recapping everything. I'm still wondering why Greinke's first reaction was to lower his left shoulder into the burly Quentin.
If you're hunting for a replacement and don't want to stream starters, I'm recommending Houston's Bud Norris (owned in 4.6 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) in this week's Free Agent Frenzy. Other options include Derek Holland (34.7 percent owned), Jason Hammel (22.5 percent owned), Ross Detwiler (9.2 percent owned), Zach McAllister (1.3 percent owned) and Wily Peralta (0.6 percent owned). Hopefully, that list will cover a variety of leagues. Please reach out on Facebook or Twitter if you have questions.
First pitch: On Friday, the Giants and Cubs begin NL action at Wrigley at 2:20 p.m. ET, while the AL action starts with a couple of games at 7:05. FOX's Saturday coverage begins at 12:30, featuring Rays-Red Sox, Giants-Cubs and Braves-Nationals.
Interleague DH issues: The Mets visit Minnesota, where they'll probably use Lucas Duda as the DH tonight and Sunday.
Streaming starters: Jason Vargas didn't get it done last night, so we're down to 5-5 for the season. The weekend streamers are Anaheim's Tommy Hanson (19.5 percent owned) against the Astros tonight; the aforementioned Zach McAllister versus the White Sox on Saturday; and the Cubs' Edwin Jackson (8.3 percent owned) against the Giants on Sunday.
On to the rest of the news:
- Hot-hitting Mariners OF Michael Morse is expected to miss 3-7 days with a fractured pinkie.
- Tigers manager Jim Leyland kinda sorta said on Wednesday that Joaquin Benoit is his first choice to close. Don't put too many eggs into Benoit's basket - this situation could stay volatile, especially if Jose Valverde pitches well in the minors. Leyland said during the offseason that he didn't like pitching Benoit on back-to-back days.
- Worried about Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay? Both former aces take the hill on Sunday, when Lincecum starts against the Cubs and Halladay faces the Marlins. Remember the quality of the opponents if either guy pitches well.
- The great Twitter account @closernews noted last night that Nationals closer Rafael Soriano has pitched in three consecutive games, and figures to be in line for a night off if the Nats have a lead tonight. Drew Storen is the likely fill-in.
- White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham is expected to miss six weeks with a broken hamate bone. Beckham's lineup replacement, 3B Conor Gillaspie, hit 14 homers in Triple A with the Giants last season, and is worth a look in AL-only leagues.
- Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie (oblique) appears close to a minor league rehab assignment. Next weekend seems like a realistic scenario for a return.
- FYI, San Diego's Yonder Alonso played first base, second base and third base in Wednesday night's game. Check your league's eligibility requirements if you own Alonso.
- A's OF Josh Reddick (wrist) will probably be back in the lineup tonight.
- Red Sox DH David Ortiz (Achilles) played a Triple-A game last night, and appears on track to return next weekend.
- The Mariners acquired the not-awful Aaron Harang to bolster their struggling rotation. AL-only owners can consider Harang, who could post a 4.00-ish ERA for awhile.
See you back here Monday morning.