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Pitchers Won’t Use Protective Caps This Season

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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 5: Starting pitcher Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers dives to try and grab a ground ball hit by Jim Thome #25 (not shown) during the fourth inning of the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 5, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 5: Starting pitcher Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers dives to try and grab a ground ball hit by Jim Thome #25 (not shown) during the fourth inning of the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 5, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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In the wake of the life-threatening skull fracture suffered by Brandon McCarthy last season, MLB has been working to develop and test protective headgear for pitchers. However, as William Weinbaum of Outside the Lines reports, no padded caps will be used during the 2013 season.

“If I had a product that passed [high-speed impact] tests,” MLB senior VP Dan Halem told Weinbaum, “it’d be out there tomorrow.”

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