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Video: Johnny Barbato drills Chris Iannetta in the face with a 93 MPH pitch

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The Diamondbacks’ 11-4 win on Friday night was eclipsed by a frightening moment in the seventh inning, when Pittsburgh reliever Johnny Barbato lobbed a 93 m.p.h. fastball that hit Chris Iannetta square in the face.

Iannetta immediately collapsed at the plate and appeared to have blood on his face and head as he exited the field. He was transferred to a local hospital for further evaluation and treated for a split lip, though it doesn’t look like he sustained anything more serious.

While the two teams have a history of plunking each other, postgame comments made by Barbato and Diamondbacks’ skipper Torey Lovullo revealed that neither side felt the hit by pitch was intentional. Both claimed that the pitch had simply “gotten away” from the reliever:

Prior to the incident, Iannetta went 1-for-3 at the plate with a 441-foot solo home run. Barring any underlying damage, he won’t miss much playing time, if any, but the Diamondbacks are expected to issue a full report on his status before Saturday’s game.

Yankees sign Adam Lind to a minor league deal. Again.

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The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.

Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.

Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.