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The Moment Chris Iannetta Was Struck In The Face By A 93mph Fastball

Mark McGowan

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The Moment Chris Iannetta Was Struck In The Face By A 93mph Fastball

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Spots like cricket and baseball seemingly don't have any real dangers to players.

In fact, there's more danger to the fans, as they could fall victim to a rock hard ball flying their way. And if you've been hit by one of those, then you know how much it hurts.

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta found out first hand the dangers you come across as a baseball player, as he took a fastball straight to the face.

Iannetta stepped up to bat during the seventh inning on Friday against Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Johnny Barbato, who hurled a 93 miles per hour fastball at him.

Credit: Fox Sports

The Diamondbacks man half attempts to swing at the ball, but isn't given the chance and immediately falls to the ground after it whacks him right in the kisser.

He was down for several minutes until he was helped off the field and reportedly taken to hospital.

"Any time there's head trauma, anytime there's something that hits you in that area you are never comfortable until a diagnosis has been made," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said, according to MLB.com. "So, we're taking every precaution possible to make sure he is okay."

His teammates and coaching staff look worried for his condition while he was down, but it's looking as if he's going to fine.

Credit: MLB

Barbato, who pitched the ball, has made it clear that he didn't mean for the ball to hit his opposite number.

"I was trying to get a fastball up and in,' Barbato said. 'Just got away. Obviously wasn't on purpose or anything," he said. "I think I felt worse than anyone in the stadium at the time. Just got in there a little too much, just got away from me.

"Definitely relieving when he can get up on his own and walk off. Going to try to reach out to him and make sure he's all right."

Despite missing the last two innings, Iannetta influenced the game, scoring a home run in third.

Topics: Baseball

Mark McGowan
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