MLB notebook: New helmets mandated

| Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Starting with Friday's exhibition games, major leaguers must wear the new Rawlings S100 Pro Comp batting helmet, which provides protection for pitches up to 100 mph.

The helmet, a bit bigger and 1.3 ounces heavier than the previous standard, was rolled out on a volunteer basis last season, and about 200 players opted to wear it, giving it largely positive reviews.

Use of the new helmet now is mandated by the collective bargaining agreement.

Stanton beaned by prospect

An intrasquad matchup between two precocious talents left Giancarlo Stanton dazed and Jose Fernandez shaken.

Stanton was hit in the back of the helmet during a Miami Marlins intrasquad game by a fastball that got away from Fernandez, the team's top pitching prospect. Stanton remained on his feet but left the game and said the beaning affected his eyesight.

“I wasn't dizzy,” he said. “I saw a little grayness and fuzziness on the outside of my eyes, but it's subsiding now.”

Stanton said he didn't expect to miss any playing time, but further medical evaluation was planned.

The 20-year-old Fernandez, the Marlins' first-round amateur draft pick in 2011, said the pitch slipped from his hand but still had plenty of velocity.

“Over 95 mph, I know it was. It's a scary moment,” the right-hander said. “My hands were sweating a lot. It was just not a good pitch. I feel bad. It's not a good feeling, I promise you.”

Nationals await word on Gonzalez

Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez said he and the Nationals still are waiting to hear from Major League Baseball, which is conducting an investigation linking him and other players to an anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla.

Gonzalez has denied he ever received performance-enhancing drugs from Tony Bosch's now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic. ESPN reported Gonzalez was the only client named so far who had not received PEDs.

The 27-year-old left-hander did not answer questions about the report on Wednesday, but he made a statement to reporters, saying he hadn't heard anything yet officially from MLB,” but plans “on sitting down and cooperating with them.”

Gonzalez said he is “confident this is going to come out good.”

Former women's pro player dies at 87

Sophie Kurys, who stole 201 bases in 1946 while playing in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, has died. She was 87.

The AAGPBL Players Association said Kurys died Sunday after complications from surgery.

Nicknamed the “Flint Flash,” Kurys starred for the Racine Belles in the league featured in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.”

Kurys' mark of 201 steals in 203 attempts was recognized in a recent exhibit by the Hall of Fame.

Yankees' Hughes out with back injury

New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes could be sidelined for two weeks because of a bulging disk that will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication.

Hughes said he will be treated with the anti-inflammatory medication for four or five days. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said it could be two weeks before Hughes could resume throwing off a mound.

Around the league

The Red Sox acquired Mike Carp from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash. ... Former All-Star second baseman Carlos Baerga and former general manager John Hart are the new members of the Indians Hall of Fame. ... Angels right-handed closer Ryan Madson has begun throwing again while left-handed reliever Sean Burnett likely is a week away from throwing.

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