LOS ANGELES -- For those expecting to see some retaliation from the Dodgers against Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin on Tuesday, don't hold your breath.
That was the message Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly sent before the game.
"I don't really anticipate anything. He gets hit a lot. If he gets hit, he gets hit. I don't mean that in a bad way. But it's the way you've got to pitch him," Mattingly said. "I don't really want to stir it back up."
Quentin, who was back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing Monday's game, hadn't faced the Dodgers since April 11 when he was ejected for his part in a benches-clearing incident that occurred after Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke hit him with a pitch. Quentin charged the mound and Greinke broke his left collarbone, necessitating surgery.
"We've got to try to pitch to him. And if we get somebody hit, I'm not going to look at it like, 'OK we're starting a war here.' They're going to try and get us out and pitching in is part of that. You pretty much know when guys are getting thrown at," Mattingly said.
"You know when somebody is throwing at somebody. It's not really that hard to figure out. So if that's going on, that's going on. I don't anticipate it. I anticipate us trying to get him out."
Quentin was in the lineup after missing Monday's series opener after coming up with a sore left shoulder after a catch Sunday at Petco Park when he collided against the padded wall in left field.
San Diego manager Bud Black echoed Mattingly's sentiments before the game.
"If anyone gets hit by a pitch on either team … that's baseball," Black said. "The game is always bigger than these isolated events."