Are baseball pitchers safe enough?

Updated: February 12, 2013, 1:44 PM ET

With spring training about to open, Major League Baseball doesn't have an approved design in place for protective headgear for pitchers. Although officials aren't ruling out such equipment being ready for Opening Day, big questions still surround the effort: Will helmets or padding do enough to protect pitchers from the kind of impact that required emergency brain surgery for Athletics right-hander Brandon McCarthy last fall? And if such equipment is offered, will major league pitchers ...

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