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In era of safety, pitchers remain dangerously exposed

One of the greatest fears shared by major-league pitchers — and hitters — was realized at a spring training game in Surprise, Ariz., last Wednesday night: Aroldis Chapman, the fireballing Cincinnati Reds closer, was hit flush in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez.

The circumstances were downright frightening: A fastball from perhaps the hardest-throwing pitcher in the sport was pulverized by a powerful young hitter. The impact to Chapman’s head came a fraction of a second later.

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Protective Caps For Pitchers Approved By MLB

Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season.

Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage from line drives to head that have brought some terrifying and bloody scenes in the last few years.

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Brandon McCarthy: MLB pitchers could wear protective headgear as early as next season

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy joined “The Buzz” podcast Wednesday and said there’s a chance that MLB pitchers could have the option of wearing special protective headgear as early as the 2014 season.

He said the headgear would look like a hat but would be able to protect a pitcher from serious injury.

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Rothman Institute and Phillies’ Doctor : MLB ‘very focused’ on concussion prevention

According to Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D., Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician for the Phillies & St. Joe’s University  MLB has taken a very serious, very focused stance on preventing concussions in baseball. MLB has taken numerous measures to investigate, diagnose, treat and hopefully prevent minor traumatic brain injuries/concussions.

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Nasty Collision Shows Baseball Needs To Change Its Concussion Rules Immediately

Alexi Casilla, who replaced Machado in the lineup, was leaping for a pop-up in shallow right field when his head collided with the Nick Markakis’ knee.

Casilla appeared to be momentarily knocked unconscious by the collision, was clearly dazed and had trouble standing up. Rather than remove Casilla from the game to evaluate him for a concussion, Casilla remained in the game for an inning before being pulled.

This is exactly the type of “shake it off” attitude that led to thousands of ex-players suing the NFL.

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