Brandon McCarthy might try a pitching helmet, but doesn’t think they should be mandatory

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An update on Brandon McCarthy, who tells Susan Slusser that, compared to a lot of things, getting his skull fractured by a line drive was not particularly painful.  Viva adrenaline I guess.

He also talks about pitching helmets, which we’ve discussed here before.  He tells Slusser that he’d maybe try one, but that he doesn’t think such a thing should be forced on anyone:

I’m all in favor of innovation … and if in 50 years, every pitcher is wearing some sort of soft-shell helmet that looks different, that will be all right. But I don’t want it to be mandatory.”

Seems sensible given that, unlike say seat belts in cars and even batting helmets for hitters, protecting a pitcher’s head is not something that addresses a large-scale threat. It is undeniably dangerous to get smacked with a comebacker, but it’s not a common thing either.

Like we’ve noted before, however, even if it’s not mandated — and I don’t think it should be —  it’s probably something that will happen eventually just because  of technology improving and certain players just choosing to do it and having the habit just become more and more acceptable.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.