He’s still got upper arms that are bigger than many folks’ thighs, but Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is noticeably leaner than last year during his career-worst season.

He shed 10 pounds since the end of the season and 20 pounds since the beginning of 2012 spring training, when he came to camp looking like a middle linebacker.

“I came into spring training at 225 last year,” said Uggla, who is about 5-foot-9. “I’ve always been solid, but that was just too thick for me.”

He had an awful midseason slump and finished the season with career-lows in batting average (.220), home runs (19), RBIs (78), slugging percentage (.384) and on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.732). He snapped his streak of five consecutive seasons with more than 30 homers and had a career-high 168 strikeouts, 12 above his own franchise record in 2011.

Uggla, 32, spent the offseason working out with other Braves including Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman and Kris Medlen, doing more baseball-specific workouts and agility drills and less of the heavy weightlifting he’d done a year before.