Bulked-up Weaver says weight won't affect delivery

Ace added 22 pounds over offseason in order to increase strength

Bulked-up Weaver says weight won't affect delivery

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A big part of Jered Weaver's greatness comes from his length and flexibility. The Angels' ace doesn't throw particularly hard, but he has pinpoint location and creates deception with a wiry, 6-foot-7 frame that allows him to pitch across his body and be a nightmare for opposing right-handed hitters.

Thing is, Weaver isn't so wiry anymore.

In an effort to be stronger once he starts getting into the triple digits with his pitch count, the 32-year-old right-hander bulked up over the offseason and reported to Spring Training at 221 pounds, 22 pounds heavier than his lightest point in 2014.

Weaver doesn't believe the added muscle will impact the flexibility that's so valuable to his delivery.

"I've always had good range of motion upper body-wise, so I don't think it's going to take away as far as that goes," Weaver said. "I'm just trying to feel stronger towards the end of the game. I think I got a little fatigued and wasn't getting as deep as I'd like to last year. I'm just trying to gain some strength and maintain it over the course of a long season."

Weaver committed himself to an arduous stretching and massage regimen last offseason. He did it again this past winter, and believes he can benefit by adding a little muscle to it.

"Flexibility is a big part of my game, with deception and stuff like that," Weaver said. "It's about trying to find that happy medium of flexibility and strength and trying to make that come together."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.