Iannetta 'doing OK' after being hit in face with fastball

Solenn Plantier
Mai 15, 2017

After the game, the Pirates player who threw that pitch, Johnny Barbato, said he felt very bad about it and that he'd try to reach out to make sure Iannetta is all right.

On Saturday, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo revealed that Iannetta had suffered fractured teeth, a broken nose and required quite a few stitches.

The Pirates and Diamondbacks have had issues in the past, including a year ago when Pittsburgh reliever Arquimedes Caminero hit Jean Segura and Nick Ahmed on their heads during a game.

Lovullo said Saturday tests for a concussion were negative and that Iannetta was still being monitored.

"I was trying to get a fastball up and in", he said, via MLB.com.

"There's a strategy to pitching in and there's a need for pitching in", Lovullo said, "and by no means do I think anybody tried to hit Chris Iannetta in the face yesterday".

Iannetta, who homered in the third inning, was replaced by Chris Herrmann in the seventh. "For me, that's why it's a non-issue".

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle says he feels “horrible” about what happened and has reached out to Iannetta. “When I say that, it sounds light because I have no idea what he felt. I have no idea how they felt.

"It's not a part of the game anybody likes", Hurdle said. Ive been on the other side.

Barbato also maintained that he had no intention of hitting Iannetta.

"The obvious concerns are, being a catcher and the mask, foul tips, just ripping open wounds", Lovullo said, "so we're going to take our time with this one".

Jeff Mathis started at catcher Saturday.

The manager said it's not been decided whether Iannetta will go on the 10-day disabled list.

Watson was a little shaky, and he walked pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso to turn the lineup over with two outs, but A.J. Pollock popped out to Harrison at third to complete the Pirates' first win in a week.

The Diamondbacks took the first two games of the series, but Pittsburgh answered with a 4-3 win on Saturday night.

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