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Jay Gibbons’ eye problems give Tony Gwynn Jr. starting job

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Jay Gibbons #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers plays against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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Jay Gibbons will begin the season on the disabled list after new contact lenses failed to fix the ongoing vision problems he’s been having all spring, according to Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com.

Gibbons told Jackson that the new lenses improved his vision off the field, but failed to improve his eyesight at the plate because he “had no depth perception.”

He’s scheduled to visit another specialist, but is having trouble finding lenses that work due to “flattening of his cornea that is a normal result of ... surgery he underwent last fall as a follow-up to the lasik procedure he had in 2004.”

Gibbons’ season-opening stint on the DL opens the door for Tony Gwynn Jr. to be the Dodgers’ primary left fielder, with Marcus Thames taking his place in the lineup versus left-handed pitching. It’s an interesting platoon partnership, because Gwynn is a great defender with a sub par bat and Thames is a horrible defender who can crush lefties.