Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish's offseason goal was to build strength and at the same time reduce his body fat. He believes he's succeeded.
Darvish said he lost four pounds and is around 220 pounds this camp as opposed to 224 last year. But he said he's lost some of his body fat too.
"I wanted more muscle up here," Darvish said, pointing to his upper body.
The 26-year-old looks fit and ready and in a bullpen on Sunday, threw a handful of different pitches. Catcher Geovany Soto said Darvish threw his splitter and slider, along with his fastball, curve and cutter.
"He looked good," Soto said. "It's still early, but he's getting a feel for his pitches."
Darvish threw 29 pitches to live hitters after throwing 27 to get warmed up. His next outing comes Tuesday as he starts the club's first intrasquad game of the spring. Alexi Ogando will start for the opposing team.
Lunch break: Yu Darvish loses weight, builds muscle
ESPN.com | Feb 17