A year after reporting to spring training with a slimmed-down look, Dodgers catcher Russell Martin packed on about 25 pounds this offseason, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Martin told the newspaper he’s up to 231 pounds, and he added that he might add a few more pounds during the season.
The decision to bulk back up came after Martin set career lows with a .250 batting average, seven homers and 53 RBIs in 2009. In fact, he didn’t homer until June 20. In 2007, Martin established career highs in homers (19), RBIs (87) and batting average (.293).
The newspaper reported that the 5-foot-10 Martin’s weight gain didn’t come in the form of fat. Instead, he did more power lifting, did some intense training and was less strict with his diet.
"It’s not like I’m eating pizza every day now," he said. "It’s just that if I have a steak, I’m not afraid to eat a potato with that."