Mijares to pitch through blurred vision

Mijares to pitch through blurred vision

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Jose Mijares, a potential replacement for closer Joe Nathan, will attempt to pitch through a case of blurred vision.

Mijares saw an eye doctor on Tuesday, and he may eventually need a procedure to correct his benign condition. But that will not come until after the season. In the interim, Mijares has begun taking eye drops to alleviate his condition, and the Twins will allow him to resume mound activities.

If things fall into place for Mijares this season, he could rack up saves as manager Ron Gardenhire's main left-handed option out of the 'pen. Until the Twins decide on a dedicated closer, Gardenhire will pick and choose based upon matchups and availability. Given his left-handedness, Mijares may receive as many opportunities as anyone.

As a rookie last season, Mijares posted a 2.34 ERA in 71 games, holding opposing batters to a .224 average.

He, Matt Guerrier and Jon Rauch project as the main options in Minnesota's closer-by-committee, though Gardenhire wouldn't say which of them he might turn to first.

"We think we've got plenty of people that can run there at the end," Gardenhire said. "We definitely think those three guys are going to be able to ad-lib and go with it."