SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez reported to Spring Training weighing 222 -- 22 pounds more than he weighed at the end of last season -- in hopes of finishing stronger.
Gonzalez didn't exactly limp to the finish. He led the National League with a .336 batting average and came in third in the NL Most Valuable Player voting. His power numbers diminished toward the end of the campaign, but that was because he played the final 29 games with tendinitis in his right wrist and thumb.
That's not weight-related, but he was tired, and he might have struggled had the Rockies advanced to the playoffs. He would like to finish the 2011 season weighing in the 215 range.
"I want to keep my body strong until the end," said Gonzalez, who is beginning a seven-year, $80 million contract this season. "We were thinking about the season, but we're also thinking about the playoffs. We want to go all the way to November, so I want to be as healthy as I can. That was my mentality.
"I was worn down. When I was at 200, that's when you start feeling a lot of pain in your body. I want to keep healthy all the way to the end this year."
Said manager Jim Tracy: "It's all good weight. That's a man's body, no question about it."