By Mark Gonzales
8:03 PM CST, January 25, 2013
It was hard to tell, but Chicago White Sox prized left-hander Chris Sale said he added 15 pounds this winter.
Sale, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 180 pounds, initially said he gained the weight by learning to grill.
"Chicken, steak, pork, corn, anything," said Sale, adding that he occasionally treats himself to Taco Bell and Five Guys on occasion.
But Sale said he swam less than he did last winter and started performing Pilates exercises to strength his core and hired a trainer.
The workouts were designed to build endurance and help him finish strong. Sale made the conversion from reliever to starter and threw 192 innings, but he faded in the second half.
"I told these guys I put on some weight, but they didn’t believe me," Sale said. "I told them my shoe size got bigger, that (the weight) went all the way down to my feet.
"I’m feeling good. Everything is great. My body feels good, I feel loose. I’m just excited for spring training to start and ready to get going."
Sale also agrees with the intention of manager Robin Ventura to have him start his exhibition season later to preserve his strength for the regular season.
"We have a little bit longer spring training schedule this season (because of the World Baseball Classic), so I think it will be good," Sale said. "I’ll be able to build up some arm strength and kind of find myself as a pitcher again.
"You kind of get away from off the mound stuff for a while and you get back on there. It will be enough time to figure out mechanics, arm angles and get all that stuff back. I’m excited for it."
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