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Eye drops key to Wheeler’s sudden turnaround for Sky Sox, Rockies

Published: May 4, 2014, 2:26 pm, by Brent Briggeman

The story behind Ryan Wheeler’s sudden turnaround suddenly became clear.

Wheeler, who homered on Saturday night for the Rockies and is 2-for-4 since making his season debut on Friday, was anything but a hot hitter when we had last seen him. During a three-game Sky Sox homestand last week Wheeler went 1-for-15 and looked frustrated and lost.

It was on the last day of that series against Iowa whenWheeler approached the Sky Sox front office to ask if he could get a quick appointment with an eye doctor. When that couldn’t happen, Wheeler instead tried some eye drops while awaiting a future visit with an optometrist.

The drops cleared up Wheeler’s vision problems and hot hitting immediately followed.

Wheeler went 7-for-16 with two home runs, a double and three walks in four games in Memphis and was then called up by the Rockies.

A few droplets have turned Wheeler’s season — and even his career, it appears — in the blink of an eye.