Oscar Taveras on weight, winter ball
Hours before Oscar Taveras hit the second of four Cardinals homers in Game 2, general manager John Mozeliak offered some pointed comments about the rookie right-fielder’s season and what is expected of him this offseason. If you missed the full story, you can catch up on the details here.
Since then, Taveras, speaking to MLB.com Spanish reporter David Venn, addressed some of those comments, including the topics of weight and winter ball.
“I’m a little heavy; I’ve gained a few pounds,” Taveras said. “But I’m working on that, and physically I feel good. When this [season] is over, I’m really going to prepare myself. I’m going to come back [to St. Louis] less heavy and ready for next year.”
Speculation is that Taveras has gained about 20 pounds since undergoing ankle surgery last August.
When asked about the possibility of Taveras playing winter ball this offseason, Mozeliak said he would prefer to have the young outfielder engage in a stringent and supervised workout regimen, preferably here in the US. Getting Taveras in shape, Mozeliak said, was more a priority than getting Taveras additional at-bats.
Taveras, however, said he would like to play for the Aguilas Cibaenas club in the Dominican Winter League.
“That’s the decision I’ve made,” Taveras said. “Now I have to wait and see what the team says. But I’ve decided I want to play at least in December to keep in shape and keep working on my routine, my personal training. I need to play more. That’s why I want to play, to get in shape.”
It was unclear whether Taveras and the Cardinals have had a conversation yet about Taveras’ offseason plans. There is always the potential that the two sides come to some sort of compromise that would allow Taveras to play just a portion of the DWL season.
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