Before the start of Sunday's series finale with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Arizona Diamondbacks placed catcher Chris Iannetta on the 7-day concussion disabled list (retroactive to May 13) and recalled reliever Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno.
The 34-year-old Iannetta was removed from Friday's game. In the seventh inning, he was struck in the mouth by a fastball from Pirates reliever Johnny Barbato.
Iannetta went to a local hospital immediately. The veteran received several stitches in his lip which was split wide open. Iannetta also fractured his nose and a couple of teeth. Lovullo said before Saturday's game Iannetta was still being evaluated.
The first-year Diamondback was in the clubhouse before Sunday's game and talked about the injury.
“I got lucky on all accounts," Iannetta said. "His upper lip swollen and stitched up. “It could have been a lot worse than it really was.”
Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann will split the catching duties over the next seven days. Whether Mathis or Herrmann starts will likely depend on who the Diamondbacks start each day and who starts for the opponent.
Iannetta has appeared in 20 games this season and is batting .220 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs.
Bracho, 24, has pitched well for Reno this season. In 11 games with the Aces in 2016, he was 2-1 with 3 saves, a 1.98