Marlon Byrd to wear special helmet

Updated: June 26, 2011, 3:48 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

After being put on the disabled list because of getting hit in the head with a ball, Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd is taking special precautions during the start of his minor league rehab assignment.

Byrd will wear a specially designed batting helmet that helps protect his face, thanks to a plastic faceguard that extends from the ear.

"Change it up a little bit," he said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "A little Terry Steinbach."

Byrd hasn't decided how long he might wear it.

"See if I like it," he said, according to the newspaper. "I might try one game without it, but it's something I can wear all year long. Maybe it'll take that thought process out of my mind, when I'm on the infield, trying to steal a base or breaking up a double play."

Byrd will join the Iowa Cubs Monday to start his rehab, and could be back with the Cubs on July 4, during a road trip against the Washington Nationals.

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