Padres pitcher dons padded cap designed to protect against line drives

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SAN DIEGO (June 23, 2014) – A big league pitcher made history on the mound this weekend.

Padres Pitcher Alex Torres wore a new safety cap Saturday night that’s designed to protect pitchers from line drives.

Over the past few years, a number of pitchers have been hurt after getting hit by batted balls. Torres told ESPN he was “in shock” after he saw teammate Alex Cobb get hit in the head during a game last June. Torres had to enter the game to replace Cobb, and said he feared for his teammate’s life after the injury.

The padded caps can withstand line drives greater than 90 in the front and 85 mph on the side.