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cap about a month ago and began wearing it about a week ago while playing catch. "I tried it before using it in the game, playing catch. It doesn't feel really bad. It doesn't feel like how it looks on my head."
The Padres were 32 43 and 12 1/2 games out in the National League West heading into Sunday.
Torres played with the Tampa Bay Rays last season. Rays pitcher Alex Cobb sustained a concussion last June after a line drive struck his right ear. He was out for two months and became an advocate for padded inserts for caps for youth baseball and softball players.
San Diego went 76 86 in each of the last two seasons that Byrnes was GM.
Shortstop Carlos Correa, considered the Houston Astros' top prospect, sustained a serious leg injury during a minor league game on Saturday night.
The San Diego Padres fired general manager Josh Byrnes on Sunday.
San Diego Padres reliever Alex Torres was the first pitcher to wear a protective padded cap during Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
TORRES WEARS PADDED CAP
Major League Baseball approved the caps in January after testing several prototypes.
The league looked into providing the protective caps more than a year after then Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy sustained life threatening brain injuries from getting struck in the head by a line drive.
"This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play," team president and CEO Mike Dee said in a statement. "Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today.
Correa may have broken leg
Castillo, 27, has a batting line of .242/.287/.385 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 43 games this season.
Castillo was out for three weeks with a rib cage injury. In two rehab games with Triple A Iowa, he went 3 for 10 with two walks.
Some players complained about the bulkiness of the caps while testing out prototypes during the winter.
Correa, 19, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft. He is batting .325 with six home runs, 57 RBIs and has 20 stolen bases in 62 games this season.
CUBS ACTIVATE CASTILLO
The Chicago Cubs activated catcher Welington Castillo from the 15 day disabled list on Sunday, according to radio station 670 The Score.
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"It's one of those things where I've done it for so long it's just become a habit, a really bad habit," Reed said. "It was something I always told myself I would quit, like next month, and the next thing you know it's been six or seven years."
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and hit close to home for Arizona Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed.
Correa, who plays for Single A Lancaster of the California League, was carried off the field and carted to the clubhouse after he got hurt sliding into third base during a game.
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"The search for a new general manager begins immediately. Hinch and Fred Uhlman Jr. will assume GM duties until a replacement is hired.
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make room for Castillo on the active roster.
Whiteside is expected to clear waivers and accept a demotion to Iowa.
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