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.

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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.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.