The eyes aren't the problem, Big Papi

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So it turns out that there is nothing wrong with David Ortiz’s vision.

Big Papi, at a loss for why he is hitting less than .200 with only two
home runs this season, is turning over every stone to try to find the
source of his woes. That included a trip to the eye doctor on Monday.

His vision checked out “very well” during an examination Monday, and
the Boston Red Sox designated hitter was given drops for dry eyes, team
spokesperson Pam Ganley said.

Well at least they gave him some eye drops to make him feel better.

But while some are having fun with Papi’s trip to the eye doctor, even creating a humorous eye chart for the big slugger, others are pointing to statistics that suggest there might not be anything wrong at all.

In fact, as Craig pointed out earlier today, Oritz — eye drops or not — might be just on the receiving end of some terrible luck, and could be due to break out soon.

As for the Red Sox, they seem far more concerned with finding shortstop help.

The Tigers are trying to convert Anthony Gose into a pitcher

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Tigers’ center fielder Anthony Gose wants to try his hand at pitching, according to comments made by manager Brad Ausmus on Sunday. Gose is poised to start the year in Triple-A Toledo after receiving a midseason demotion to Double-A last summer following an altercation with Triple-A manager Lloyd McClendon.

While the experiment won’t detract from Gose’s outfield work in Triple-A, the 26-year-old is expected to take on additional bullpen sessions throughout the year. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the left-handed hitter last took the mound in high school, where his fastball was clocked as fast as 97 m.p.h. Gose ultimately rejected the idea of starting his professional career as a pitcher, despite receiving favorable assessments from scouts.

Ausmus said the idea first surfaced at the end of the 2016 season. It appears to be a fallback option for the outfielder, who has struggled at the plate over his five-year career in the majors. Via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News:

Doolittle in Oakland did it and he was in the big leagues a couple of years later,” Ausmus said. “It’s going to take some time. He’s going to have to be a sponge and catch up on experience fast. But we feel it’s worth investigating.

Stephen Strasburg is the Nationals’ Opening Day starter

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Nationals’ right-hander Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for the club on Opening Day, manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday. The news is hardly surprising given Max Scherzer’s questionable status this spring, though it had yet to be confirmed by the club.

Strasburg is approaching his eighth run with the club in 2017. He went 15-4 in 2016, finishing the year with a 3.60 ERA, 2.7 BB/9 and 11.2 SO/9 in 147 2/3 innings. This will mark his fourth Opening Day assignment with the Nationals.

Scherzer, the Nationals’ Opening Day starter in both 2015 and 2016, is scheduled to make his season debut sometime during the first week of the season. The right-hander is expected to take things more slowly this spring as he finishes rehabbing a stress fracture in his finger.

The Nationals will open their season against the Marlins on April 3.