DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Reid Brignac came into camp 10 pounds heavier
than his 2010 weight to help him get through the rigors of playing
shortstop on an everyday basis.
Brignac began working out on Dec. 1 with the goal of adding
muscle. His weight -- or lack thereof -- has
been problematic for him in recent seasons.
"It was something that I needed to put on," Brignac said of the
extra mass. "I have weight issues. I lose weight throughout the
season every year, so it's important that I come in a little bit
heavier. It's something that I have to stay on top of."
Brignac is set to take over as the starting shortstop, after Jason Bartlett was
sent to the Padres in an offseason trade. Brignac hit .257
with eight home runs and 45 RBIs in 2010, while appearing in 113 games at
second base, shortstop and in the outfield.