Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta was drilled in the face by a 93-mph fastball from Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Johnny Barbatos on Friday night at Chase Field.
Lovullo says tests for a concussion were negative and that Iannetta was still being monitored.
Considering the long-simmering bad blood between the two teams, it was surprising that things didn't escalate any more than they did.
"He was up walking around".
"He is a veteran, he is well-liked, he's a leader", Lovullo said, "and he went down. Anytime there's head trauma, anytime there's something that hits you in that area, you're never comfortable until a diagnosis has been made so we're using every precaution to make sure that he's OK".
The $206.5million man for Arizona entered the seventh inning with 11 strikeouts and one walk on 90 pitches but allowed a solo homer to Gregory Polanco, who almost went deep on the second pitch of the at-bat before crushing a slider an estimated 382 feet to right field on Greinke's 95th pitch of the night.
Iannetta remained on the ground for several minutes but eventually left the field under his own power.
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Polanco hit Greinke's 2-2 pitch into the right field seats for his first home run of the season.
Pirates catcher Chris Stewart took a retaliatory pitch from Tom Wilhelmson in the ninth inning, and now bygones are bygones.
Lovullo when asked following the game if the pitch that had hit Iannetta was intentional said that he stands by his thought that the pitch just got away from the Pittsburgh pitcher and was not intentional. Only one batter has reached base for the Pirates on Thursday night. Godley was being considered for the fifth spot in the rotation and earned at least another look with his most recent start, a four-hitter through seven innings in which he beat Detroit, 7-1.
In his first season with the Diamondbacks, Iannetta is batting.220/.292/.390 with three home runs and six RBIs over his first 20 games. He allowed one run and three hits. The D-Backs would go on to score 11 runs in the third and fourth innings combined.
"It got away from me", he said.
Back in 2014, Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt was hit by Ernesto Frieri of the Pirates in August and missed the rest of the year with a broken hand. All four runs crossed home plate with two outs.
Leading off the eighth inning, Pittsburgh outfielder Gregory Polanco immediately gave him a scare, launching a ball just foul into the right field bleachers.