Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Offseason workouts give Harang healthier outlook

Stronger pitcher could challenge for starting spot

By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

SARASOTA, Fla. - Aaron Harang's offseason lasted all of four days.

"And then I started working out," the Reds pitcher said.

Pitcher Adam Harang.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
Determined to shave off excess pounds from his 6-foot-7 frame, Harang adjusted his diet and began working with a personal trainer.

The results are noticeable.

"I think it's going to help where there's not as much pounding on my joints," said Harang, who is competing for one of two available spots in the starting rotation. "I'm stronger this year."

Harang showed up to spring training 15 pounds lighter - he lost 10 percent body fat and now weighs 260 pounds - and is stronger because of his work with personal trainer Faruq Darcuiel, who once played in the Mariners farm system.

"I was doing spinning, which is a high-intensity bike riding, two to four times a week," he said. "That and watching what I ate and working out. That was it."

GANG'S ALL HERE: All 57 players invited to spring training participated in the first full-squad workouts Tuesday.

Center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. returned after missing Monday's workouts to attend a legal proceeding related to an accident he witnessed in Orlando.

"Everything looked good," manager Dave Miley said. "There were no problems whatsoever."

COMING ALONG: Right fielder Austin Kearns is hitting daily and throwing every other day, but said he might miss the first week of spring training games.

Kearns underwent arthroscopic surgery Aug. 14 to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff and a damaged AC joint in his right shoulder.

IN HONOR: The Reds will remember outfielder Dernell Stenson with a 30-second video tribute on Opening Day at Great American Ball Park.

Stenson, who played in 37 games after the Reds claimed him off waivers from the Red Sox last season, was murdered on Nov. 6, 2003 in Chandler, Ariz.



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