Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Hit in Head, Sparks Debate

Alex Cobb took a ball to the head, leaving many to wonder how pitchers can be better protected.
2:35 | 06/17/13

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Scary moment in baseball. Alex cobb took that hard drive. You see it right here, straight to the head. Cobb is recovering well but the accident has opened debate about what kind of protection players need on the field and gio benitez is here with more. That line drive so hard to watch. This morning alex cobb is out of the hospital but after four other similar incidents many are now asking if more needs to be done to protect pitchers. The ball slammed into tampa bay rays pitcher alex cobb at more than 100 miles per hour. Oh, look out. Reporter: Sending cobb to the ground. Watch again in slow motion the ball lands just behind his right here. This morning, the 25-year-old is home with a mild concussion but tweeting he woke up with only a minor headache. Meantime, major league baseball can trying to figure out how to prevent these frightening blows to the head. That ball is coming extremely fast to the pitcher, and they have little or no time to put their glove in front of their face. Reporter: Just last month blue jays pitcher j.A.Happ was hit by a line drive in the same stadium fracturing his skull. Last year three others hit by BATTED BALLS, brandon McCarthy needed brain surgery. He's back this season but just last week, suffered a seizure related to that injury. Still, the league has not approved any special head gear for pitchers. Though it is considering lining their caps with bulletproof kevlar. I don't think any cap will protect them 100%. There are materials that using that will lessen the blow, however, I don't think that there's anything on the horizon that would completely alleviate the severity of a ball hitting the head at high speed. Reporter: Some companies are developing prototypes from hardened helmets to inserts for pitcher's caps. It's protection some pitchers now say they want. Whoever comes up with a solution for this is -- they'll never have to work again in their life. Reporter: But other pitchers worry that gear like this could be just too heavy. This is one for yth solve ball. Alex cobb reportedly said last month he'd only wear protective gear if it weren't cumbersome. Something he may be rethinking this morning. Wow. So hard to come up with something that doesn't get in the way. We are seeing it at the youth levels and they have to. The technology has outpaced -- they are sitting ducks on the pitching mound. Just 60 feet away from each other. Too fat.O, thanks. To the puzzling disappearance of one of connecticut's most popular

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