MLB looks to protect pitchers from line drives

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DETROIT (AP) — Major League Baseball is looking at ways to protect pitchers from being injured by batted balls and says hat liners are a possibility in the minors next season.

The safety of pitchers attracted increased attention after Detroit starter Doug Fister was struck in the head by a line drive in Game 2 of the World Series.

MLB senior vice president Dan Halem says the sport was already exploring options this year when Oakland pitcher Brandon McCarthy sustained a skull fracture and brain contusion from a liner last month.

Halem says that accident prompted baseball to “fast track” the issue. MLB medical director Dr. Gary Green is leading the search for protective headgear, and a report is on the agenda for baseball’s winter meetings in December.

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