In an effort to put on 15 pounds this offseason A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day, telling Jane Lee of MLB.com that his “gluttonous” diet plan includes non-stop eating and working out.
Of course, those 4,000 calories are coming in the form of turkey burgers, fruit, energy bars, protein shakes, salads, steak, vegetables, and various other things that fall on the healthy side.
In fact, Lee writes that even Suzuki’s “evening snack before bed” consists of “cheese or slices of deli meat and a handful of nuts and fruit.” Booooring.
Suzuki’s ultimate goal is to get physically stronger and also better prepare himself for the grind of catching every day without shedding weight during the season. He reported to spring training at 193 pounds, but was 185 pounds by the end of the season.
If nothing else, his adding 15 pounds would help offset all the “best shape of my life” guys slimming down.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.