Rays pitchers are curious and cautiously optimistic about the new protective caps approved by Major League Baseball.
The companies working to develop this have created caps with more padding on the temples and front that can protect the head against line drives up to 85 mph.
The caps could add 7 ounces to the current cap weight, which pitchers say is actually heavier than it sounds. Alex Cobb was hit in the ear last June in a scary incident at Tropicana Field. He says if the cap inhibits his pitching ability in even the slightest way, he will not wear the new protective gear.
"It'll definitely come down to how it feels and affects my mechanics on the mound," said Cobb. "If it's just something a little bit slipping here and there it's going be tough for me to carry that out ... It's a step in the right direction and I'm happy with the option though."
Grant Balfour, the new Rays' closer, appreciates the technology, but he can't picture himself wearing the protective cap yet.
Rays pitchers have just heard about the caps and read about the developments. They will actually will get to try out the protective caps in Spring Training.
Tampa Bay pitchers and catchers report to Port Charlotte on Friday.
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