Alex Torres Becomes First to Wear Protective Cap
(SAN DIEGO) -- When Alex Torres entered Saturday night's matchup against Los Angeles in the eighth inning, he became the first pitcher in Major League history to wear a league-approved protective cap.
The cap features padded inserts around the hat, enlarging the size of the hat. The San Diego Padres reliever commented after the game that the difference "isn't much" and that it doesn't feel as it looks. The league signed off on the caps on January 17 after testing multiple prototypes.
Major League Baseball first began looking into more protective headgear after Brandon McCarthy suffered life-threatening brain injuries after being struck in the ear by a line drive while pitching for Oakland in 2012. McCarthy has recovered and is now pitching for Arizona.
Torres has become an advocate for protection for pitchers after watching Alex Cobb suffer a concussion due to a line drive to the head when the two were teammates in Tampa Bay. Since then, Cobb has fought to put padded inserts into the caps of young baseball and softball players.
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