UPDATE: After the game, Lovullo provided the following update on Iannetta’s condition:
“He was up walking around,” Lovullo said. “Everything was OK. He split his top lip wide open and he is at the hospital right now to get further exams.”
Lovullo said it was traumatic and had a huge impact on the Diamondbacks dugout. Lovullo added he should have an update, possibly an official diagnosis in the coming hours or tomorrow. The field manager said he believes the pitch simply got away from the Pirates reliever.
ORIGINAL: Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta departed Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning with an undisclosed injury.
Iannetta was hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball from Pirates reliever Johnny Barbato. The catcher immediately dropped to the ground and covered his face. Blood appeared to come out from his face and mouth.
Assistant athletic trainer Ryan Dipanfilo came out first along with field manager Torey Lovullo. Third base coach Tony Perezchica joined the group and head athletic trainer Ken Crenshaw came out. Diamondbacks players were on the top step of the dugout and the fans clapped for Iannetta as he walked off under his own power, towel over his face with help from Lovullo,
Iannetta crushed a solo home run to the batter's eye in center field. The blast started an eventual seven-run third inning.
Iannetta is getting some tests in the clubhouse. Lovullo should give an update on Iannetta's condition after the game ends.