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Jay Gibbons leaves winter ball team due to blurred vision

San Diego Padres  v Los Angeles Dodgers

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 has been playing winter ball in Venezuela, but had to leave the team earlier this week because of blurred vision following November eye surgery to improve his sight from 20/20 to 20/15, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Dodgers trainer Stan Conte downplayed the seriousness of the blurred vision, telling Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that “it’s nothing” and “it already is a little better.”

Gibbons, who signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers after resurrecting his career last season, is slated to serve as a bench bat and compete for playing time in left field. He previously underwent laser eye surgery a few years ago.