Blue Jays designated “hitter” Kendrys Morales has been, shall we say, underwhelming at the plate this season.
Former MLB catcher and host of the Digging In podcast J.P. Arencibia believes that the struggling slugger is suffering such a set back in 2018 because of a vision problem that can often be fixed with a simple surgery.
“The one thing he told me is — talking about his eye issue — he says he can’t see out of his right eye. which is your dominant eye when you’re batting left,” Arencibia said.
“I had a similar problem in 2009, I had a really bad astigmatism and I couldn’t wear contacts — it didn’t help me. I go and get LASIK at the end of the year. Next year I come back and I’m the MVP, and I’m in the big leagues in 2010.
Arencibia says that it may be in the best interest of Morales and the team to let the veteran take some time off to fix the issues with his sight.
“I mean, maybe they put him on the DL, let him go and get a procedure done to fix that eye. It usually takes a month to recover, boom and he’s back. I mean this guy’s a 30-homer plus and 100-RBI guy.”
Morales has hit a measly .178 this season while slugging just .318 in over 100 at-bats. The 34-year-old posted a career year with the Royals in 2015, capturing the Silver Slugger while slashing .290/.362/.485 with 106 RBI.