Avisail sheds pounds, but not cravings

Outfielder dropped 15 pounds with offseason diet

Avisail sheds pounds, but not cravings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Avisail Garcia dropped around 15 pounds during the offseason in order to help everything from his baserunning to tracking baseballs in the outfield. He spoke about that weight-loss program Saturday morning at Camelback Ranch, maintaining a good sense of humor in regard to the accomplishment.

When asked if the weight loss was tough, Garcia acknowledged that it was because he wants to eat. When asked what he eats now, Garcia rattled off his new menu.

"Lettuce, a lot of vegetables and salad every day," Garcia said. "It's good because I feel great, and I have to be skinny."

As for what he wishes he could eat, Garcia went with beef, arepa (flatbread), pasta with meat and chicken.

"But I can't do it right now," said a smiling Garcia. "I don't want to go to the restaurant. I don't want to see chicken, beef or all that stuff. I want to see fish, salad, that's it. After the game, I have to go to my bed and sleep, because if I stay up late? Mmm, problem."

This weight loss apparently has paid dividends for Garcia, who said he's been running to first base in four seconds.

"I want to eat, but I want to do that," Garcia said. "So I'm happy."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.