Gibbons activated, Thames to the disabled list
Apparently Jay Gibbons can see clearly now. Alas, Marcus Thames can’t see to run clearly.
So before to Tuesday’s game, the Dodgers announced they were activating Gibbons off the 15-day disabled list and placing Thames on it.
Gibbons has struggled with vision issues throughout the spring since undergoing a follow-up procedure to previous Lasik surgery in the offseason. He’s been to at least a half-dozen specialists trying to configure the proper contacts.
In 14 games at triple-A Albuquerque, the left-handed hitting Gibbons was hitting .288 with one home run and 10 RBI in 52 at-bats.
Thames, who bats right-handed, started Monday night in left but ran somewhat gingerly and has mostly pinch hit the last two weeks because of a strained right quad. He was hitting .176 in 34 at-bats, with a pair of homers and four RBI.
The DL move probably means a temporary end to Don Mattingly sitting James Loney at first base and playing the right-handed Sands, who will now become the primary left-fielder against left-handed pitchers.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Jay Gibbons (31) during batting practice prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Camelback Ranch on March 10, 2011. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel / US Presswire