Jay Gibbons says new contact lenses have improved his vision considerably


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Jay Gibbons was back in the Dodgers’ clubhouse on Thursday morning, saying he thinks his vision problems are finally behind him.

Gibbons, who is 2 for 22 this spring, was fitted for new contact lenses in San Francisco this week.


“It was night and day from the time I put them in,” he said.

Gibbons had complained that his old contact lenses were popping out. In San Francisco, he learned that there were problems with the lenses other than their size. The prescription was also wrong.

Because Gibbons’ $650,000 contract is guaranteed for only the major-league minimum of $400,000, the Dodgers could cut him without losing a significant amount of money.

Gibbons said he feels he has to show something in the final stretch of spring training.

“For myself and for the team,” he said. “I have to show I have some baseball ability in the next 10 days.”

-- Dylan Hernandez in Phoenix