Before Saturday's game, Arizona Diamondbacks field manager Torey Lovullo provided an update on the condition of catcher Chris Iannetta.
The veteran was hit square in the mouth by a 1-2, 93 mph fastball from Pirates reliever Johnny Barbato leading off the bottom of the seventh. The Diamondbacks won the game 11-4 but Iannetta's injury overshadowed the blowout win.
Lovullo spoke to the media and provided a more detailed report of Iannetta's injury:
"He is doing ok," Lovullo said. I think we are all very fortunate for that. He is up walking around...several stitches in his lip that was split wide open, a couple of fractured teeth, a nose fracture and still being evaluated. We're still making sure that everything is ok. My personal conversations with him have been normal."
Lovullo said Iannetta told him he could play but the first-year manager said there was no chance that would happen.
"The obvious concerns are being a catcher, the mask, foul tips, ripping open the wounds," Lovullo said. "We are going to take our time on this one."
Iannetta has started 14 games (15 games played) and has caught 126 innings with a 3.43 catcher's ERA. Jeff Mathis has started 16 games (18 games played) and Chris Herrmann has started six games (eight games played). Mathis was behind the plate Saturday night.