PHOENIX -- There’s a long-running joke among writers about how many players claim to be in the best shape of their lives when reporting to
In the case of catcher
, it might really be true.
Ellis reported to the Dodgers camp Saturday noticeably leaner than he was a year ago. Ellis said he dropped 15 pounds over the winter.
“Trying to take stress off my lower body,” Ellis said. “I want to catch 120, 125 games this year. I want to be physically ready to do that.”
Ellis started 109 games last season.
He credited his weight loss on a new diet.
“I can talk to you about it,” Ellis jokingly said to a writer known for frequently visiting Cracker Barrel.