Friday, March 18, 2011

Gibbons And His Contact Issue

It's funny, reading Tony Jackson's headline, "Gibbons hopes contact issue solved" over at Could this be about Jay Gibbons' horrible spring 2011, in which he's batting 2-for-22 (.091) with 5 Ks? No, it's not that contact; it's a contact lens:

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Jay Gibbons returned to the team's spring-training facility Thursday with a sense of cautious optimism after dealing with a contact lens issue.

Gibbons, whose lens repeatedly popped out of his left eye during games, left camp Monday to visit an eye doctor in San Francisco, and came back with a stronger prescription and a flatter lens that better conforms to his cornea, which was flattened somewhat by the PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) surgery he underwent last fall. That procedure was a touch-up to the Lasik procedure he underwent in 2004.

"It went well," Gibbons said. "One thing I found out was that I was wearing the wrong prescription and the wrong size contacts. As long as it stays in, I think I'm cured, and I'm optimistic it will. Wearing it and walking around with it, it isn't really moving around. Now, we'll see what happens when I go on the field and dive and play with it in."

We don't need any more injuries, even in the heavily-trafficked left field, so let's hope Gibbons' contact stops monkeying around and he starts seeing some pitches better.