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Video: Mark Melancon, Jared Hughes try out new protective pitching helmet

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Major League Baseball and the MLBPA worked together over the winter with equipment company Boombang to design a new form of protective headgear for pitchers. They settled on a hybrid carbon fiber helmet cap and sent out prototypes to 20 different major leaguers this spring.

Pirates relievers Mark Melancon and Jared Hughes were among the first players to receive the new pitching helmet, and they both took the thing for a spin Sunday morning in Bradenton, Florida …

It’s still pretty bulky, but sometimes you have to sacrifice style for safety.

These aren’t going to be mandatory, but we’ll probably see more pitchers give them a try.

White Sox place Avisail Garcia on disabled list with strained hamstring

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MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports that White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The club called up outfielder Daniel Palka from Triple-A Charlotte.

Garcia, 26, suffered the injury during Monday’s game against the Mariners. He is off to a slow start this season, batting .233/.250/.315 with a home run and four RBI in 76 plate appearances.

Palka, 26, has been playing well for Charlotte, batting .286/.384/.476 with three home runs and seven RBI in 73 PA.