So it’s probably a bit concerning for American League pitchers that Cespedes weighed in at Athletics camp fifteen pounds heavier – all of it muscle, at least according to Cespedes himself.
Tired of nagging injuries, Cespedes committed himself to getting more core strength in hopes to avoid downtime this season.
Yoenis Céspedes’ offseason workouts left him 15 pounds heavier and just might help prevent some of the nagging injuries that might have led to his sophomore slump.
So how did he put on the muscle, you ask? By dragging, running with and flipping 400 pound tires.
Cespedes said doing activities with the massive tires was ‘very hard’ but is hopeful the added strength will keep his irritating hamstring injury from recurring.
As of right now, the third-year slugger says he’s feeling great and is ready for the season.
American League pitchers facing him? Probably not so much.