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The Nationals need to schedule Nyjer Morgan for a vision test, immediately

Like the one Cristian Guzman had a few years ago. It's no secret that Nyjer Morgan is struggling mightily, at the plate, in the field and on the bases. He's not just slumping. His entire game has fallen apart. Blurry vision may explain all of this. That’s the only thing I can think of. Guzman struggled to hit .200 and then had season-ending injuries before he had the Lasik eye surgery. Though Guzman still doesn’t walk at all, he has had a very good BA in the years since getting the surgery.

I’m hoping that maybe the solution could be just as simple for Morgan. Poor vision could explain his strikeouts and lack of hitting, the misjudgments in the field and the inability to see pitchers throwing to 1B when he has a big lead off the bag.

Otherwise it’s something deeper and more serious such as the lack of confidence as mentioned in comments on one of the posts. The Nats need to get him a vision test immediately and be able to confirm that as a problem or rule it out. They need to act now because the team is going into a slide, largely because of him. As others have pointed out, Morgan is also becoming a danger to the other outfielders on balls hit in the gaps.

It seems that this is more than just his play leveling out from the high level of last year with the Nats. He’s not just returning to his career levels. He is far worse than that right now. There’s something wrong, medically or psychologically. The Nationals should do everything they can to rule out various causes. The first step should be an eye exam.


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