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Alex Torres wearing standard cap for now

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Newly acquired left-handed reliever Alex Torres at least temporarily will pitch with a standard New York Mets baseball cap.

Torres was the lone major leaguer to wear a protective cap while pitching last season, but is not a fan of the redesign for 2015. Rather than an extra large cap with protection built in, the new design involves a hard casing affixed to a standard cap.

"I don't really like that one," said Torres, who arrived in Mets camp on Wednesday, two days after being traded from the San Diego Padres for Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named. "I already told them. I think they're working on it to fix it a little bit. I just told them I still prefer using the one from last year."

Torres is unsure if he can continue to use the 2014 design, though. He has been pitching with a standard cap all spring training.

"I'm still waiting for what they're going to do," Torres said.

Torres, 27, doesn't mind the attention the bulky cap invites. He was motivated to use the extra protection after watching Tampa Bay Rays teammate Alex Cobb get smoked with a line drive two years ago.

"I don't mind when people ask me about that. It doesn't bother me at all," Torres said. "It's just to protect myself. They came out with that, and it's something to be safe. ... You don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. I just saw in 2013 when I was with the Rays, when that happened to Alex Cobb. I was the guy pitching behind him as a reliever. For 10 minutes my legs were shaking. It's crazy. I've already seen a couple of guys be [hit] in the head. I'm not going to be the next. If I am, I'm going to be protected a little bit with that hat."

Meanwhile, Torres said he was a Mets fan as a youngster in Venezuela, although he had no affinity for any player in particular.

He was caught off guard by Monday's trade.

"I knew something was going to happen with the Padres because there were too many guys in camp at this time," Torres said. "I just knew somebody was going to be traded, but I didn't expect it was going to be me. That surprised me a little bit."