Belt warning level baffles Nationals pitcher

The Associated PressFebruary 14, 2014

VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Ross Detwiler is baffled over his belt.

The Washington Nationals pitcher noticed a warning label stamped on his team-issued belt as he was suiting up for a spring training workout Friday. He took off the belt and showed it to reporters.

It read: ''WARNING: This product may contain a chemical known in the state of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.''

Detwiler called out to clubhouse manager Mike Wallace: ''Hey, Wally, can I get a new belt?''

Wallace examined the belt and said: ''We're not in the state of California.''

Detwiler still appeared concerned, but he nevertheless shrugged and put on the belt.

The label apparently stems from a 2011 warning from the Center for Environmental Health about high lead levels in baseball uniform belts.