In a typical off-season, Dodgers pitcher Aaron Harang said he'll wait until mid-November to train for the upcoming season. After the 2012 season, he got started a month early.

"This year I just decided to take some time to let my body recover. I didn't go crazy," he said. "I did a lot of circuit-based training, so it's not as hard on the body."

In circuit training, the participant moves from station to station, exercise to exercise, in rapid fashion.

"I focused on trying to increase my strength from what I had in the past," Harang said.

His training, combined with a new diet, allowed Harang to come into camp looking slimmer than he finished last season. He wouldn't say how much weight he lost, but 10 pounds would be a conservative estimate.

Endurance, of course, won't be as much of an issue if the right-hander pitches out of the bullpen.

The 34-year-old, who is under contract for another year with a mutual option for 2014, went 10-10 with a 3.61 earned-run average in his first season as a Dodger. That's not bad, but it wasn't enough for Harang to guarantee a spot the 2013 rotation.

He is likely one of three holdovers from the Dodgers' 2012 rotation who would open the season in the bullpen if health isn't an issue for any of the projected five starters.

Even though he's never been a reliever in his career, Harang is preparing for this season like he would any other.