Slimmer Bruce to adjust hitting approach

Slimmer Bruce to adjust hitting approach

Slimmer Bruce to adjust hitting approach
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- With Jay Bruce 15 pounds lighter this year as he reported to camp, manager Dusty Baker expects the right fielder to make adjustments in his hitting approach.

"He has a new body," Baker said. "He's going to have to learn what he can do with that new body, especially hitting. His trunk rotation will be a lot more compact, a lot more powerful. Consequently, he'll have to learn he can wait longer now because he has less trunk to rotate."

The club did not order Bruce to slim down.

"He was never fat. He just wasn't suave and cut," Baker said. "We'll see. Everybody doesn't necessarily have to be suave and cut. Some guys play better with a little baby fat on them. I've seen that, too. I've seen guys we've put weight back on, guys that I played with. One guy was Fernando [Valenzuela]. He lost all this baby fat and wasn't throwing anything, so we had to fatten him back up again."