PHILADELPHIA -- Clint Barmes is taking a page from Jeff Bagwell's book and will begin wearing a protective pad on his batting glove when he returns to action. Barmes fractured a bone in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in a Spring Training game March 25 and will miss about a month of the regular season.
After breaking his hand three seasons in a row when he was hit by a pitch, Bagwell began wearing a pad atop his batting glove in 1995 and kept it for the rest of his career. Barmes has the pad ready to go, but hasn't been able to put on any batting gloves just yet.
"It's just a Velcro patch that goes over the top of my batting glove and the pad goes on there," Barmes said. "It's exactly what [Bagwell] had. It's something I guess I might want to get used to. It's kind of a freak deal, but this is the second time it's happened."
Barmes wore a similar pad after breaking his hand in Double-A in 2002, but he didn't keep it very long. He plans to make it a permanent part of his gear this time.
"I think it will be good for me mentally not to worry about it," he said. "Not that I did in the past, but up until now, I never really worried about it. Breaking it two times will definitely make you think. In the back of your mind, you think about getting hit there again, and having that pad will be a big difference."