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."
Halem is quick to note that work will continue on developing such a device, and it remains a long-term goal. Also worth noting is that MLB will not forbid pitchers to use protective gear that has yet to be approved. Along those same lines, Halem said that once approved padded caps are made available, MLB will not mandate their use.
Making such safeguards available to pitchers is an obviously sensible thing to do, so it's good that MLB is continuing to work toward that goal, even if it won't happen in time for the season ahead.
(Wink of CBS eye: Hardball Talk)