Walker, Hinske carry lighter load
Colorado's Larry Walker and Toronto's Eric Hinske, showed up to spring training in much better shape.
Both players had compelling reasons for trimming down. Hinske had 136 fewer plate appearances than he did in his rookie year of 2002 in a season marred by injury and lowered production. Of his 2003 condition, he told Griffin, "It affects my defense the most when I have a little weight on. I don't move as well. I don't have as much range at third. And running, too, I'm a step slower."
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