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Carlos Quentin dropped his appeal of the suspension handed down to him from the Commissioner’s office on Sunday morning. The suspension of eight games was a result of the incident on Wednesday between himself and Zack Greinke, where Quentin was hit by a Greinke pitch and Carlos charged the mound and a melee ensued.

As a result of the brawl, Greinke came out of it with a broken collar bone which required surgery. Greinke is expected to miss approximately two months.

“Today, I’ve dropped the appeal. I’ll start serving my suspension. I did appeal, based on the timing of punishment,” Quentin said to media Sunday morning. He went on to say that he dropped the suspension at that point in order to allow the team to tailor their roster accordingly.

“Having had the time to have dialog with Major League Baseball and having a chance for the Player’s Association to protect me and my rights as a player, and that time passed, I’m prepared to serve my suspension,” Quentin said.

The statement was not prepared.

There were questions from the media, the obvious being that the thinking was that it might be best that Carlos wasn’t with the team when they went to Los Angeles. “There has been many ideas and thoughts and concerns out there,” Carlos said. “Obviously I will miss the upcoming one, but I will be a part of the rest. We play them many times.”

Carlos indicated that he would like this chapter to be closed.

When asked if he had any contact with Zack Greinke since the incident, or if he was open to it if it had not happened, Quentin said, “I know that Zack has just recently had surgery, and I wish him well with that. And I will still be open to private communication.”

Carlos Quentin is due to be back with the club on April 23rd in San Diego, during the second game of a series against the Milwaukee Brewers. In the meanwhile, the Padres big league roster will be limited to 24 players.

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