"I don't know -- a pitcher could possibly pitch with a helmet on," Sveum said. "That's what you're talking about. or some kind of hard shell underneath the hat, like the old days. You're not going to cover up faces, the guy's got to pitch."
Cobb was struck in the head on Saturday when the Royals' Eric Hosmer hit a liner back up the middle. Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher and immediately went to the hospital. He suffered a concussion and will be placed on the 7-day concussion list.
Sveum said there doesn't seem to be much that can be done to minimize the changes of that happening.
"It's obviously a dangerous thing to be that close to a Major League hitter, hitting a line drive," Sveum said. "I'm just not sure you're going to be able to do anything about it."
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.