Iannetta, McFarland near return to lineup

Catcher, reliever eligible to be activated Saturday

May 20th, 2017

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs catcher Chris Iannetta, who was hit in the face by a pitch last Friday could return to the active roster Saturday.

The 93 mph fastball from Pirates right-hander Johnny Barbato hit Iannetta in the mouth, fracturing several of his teeth and splitting his top lip open. The D-backs put him through the concussion protocol and, even though it seemed as if he did not suffer one, they placed him on the 7-day concussion disabled list as a precaution.

"Chris is doing just fine," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "He passed a lot of tests [Thursday], did a lot of stuff behind the scenes and he came in today and said he felt very good. So we're really encouraged by that. We miss him. We miss his presence, and we're glad he's healthy and ready to go."

In other injury news, left-handed reliever T.J. McFarland (left ankle contusion) is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday. Disabled list players do not usually travel with the team, but McFarland is in San Diego, indicating that he might be activated this weekend.

"He's here because we're looking to see how he's feeling and keep our hands on him and figure out what the best situation is for him to get back and be active," Lovullo said.

Outfielder A.J. Pollock, who suffered a Grade 1 right groin strain, is not expected to be able to return right when his 10-day DL stint ends.

"First is to get him on his feet, pain-free, and then kind of develop a strategy as to what his return-to-play progression will be," Lovullo said. "So, I know it's still in the really early stages. We'll be walking through that in the next couple of days."