David Ross putting his head first

Sam Galanis
Contributing Writer

David Ross is taking every necessary precaution to protect himself from any further concussions, and part of that is tricking out his catcher’s helmet.

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Saturday was Ross’s first game back since his concussion diagnosis on May 11. Ross wore a kevlar skullcap under his helmet. It’s a stretchy, fitted material, but it’s also the same material used to make bulletproof vests. The caps are mostly made with pitchers in mind, but Ross is doing all he can to keep his head safe. Ross also had some gel padding placed in the front of his helmet and sent away one of his helmets to have a kevlar layer installed inside.

“The two balls that got me hit my mask right where forehead is and that scared me,” Ross said after Saturday’s 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians, according to the Boston Globe. “I was willing to do anything to get a little more protection.”

But maybe Ross is still a little spooked after suffering the concussion because he went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in that game. He’s one of only three players to do that this season, Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers being the other two. Ross did not play in Sunday’s game against the Indians.