Pitchers to try out padded caps

NEW YORK — By the end of this week, at least a dozen big league pitchers will have padded caps to try out as Major League Baseball looks into ways to improve protection against head injuries from line drives, according to a protective equipment manufacturer.

Rob Vito, president of Pennsylvania-based Unequal Technologies Co., said MLB has examined caps containing Unequal’s CRT padding and requested and received modifications, as well as the results of laboratory testing. Vito said he’s encouraged by his communications with MLB and is now sending caps lined with the padding to pitchers for their examination and experimentation.

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