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 Posted: Fri Mar 31st, 2017 03:10 am
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When right-hander Matt Shoemaker takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels during the upcoming regular season, he'll look exactly the same on the hill, except for one subtle, but important difference.

The 30-year-old will be wearing a protective insert inside his cap after he was struck on the right side of his head by a line drive last season, which resulted in emergency brain surgery.

After experimenting with a number of options, the hurler told Outside the Lines he decided on the Safer Sports Technologies Pro Performance carbon-fiber head guard, according to ESPN.

The head guard insert slides into the cap's sweatband and weighs just 1.7 ounces.

"It's comfortable to the point that I don't know it's there," Shoemaker explained.

Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh has worn the same head protection for several seasons and was the first one to tell Shoemaker about the product.

Shoemaker is among several candidates on the Angels staff who could start Opening Day after he struck out 21 in 17 innings during the spring.