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Almonte Ahead Of The Game

Almonte lost a lot of weight this offseason

It was exactly a year ago when outfielder Abraham Almonte, who was coming off a hot finish to his 2009 campaign in Charleston, was one of the most impressive players in Yankee minor league camp. Shoulder surgery just 15 games into his season last year, however, put him on the shelf. Now with an eye towards making up for lost time, he has reported to camp this year looking better than ever.

"I worked a lot in the offseason at home," Abraham Almonte said. "I worked hard on my upper-body and on my legs, and I lost 32 pounds. As soon as I went home last year I knew that I was overweight. "I knew I needed to lose a couple of pounds and I [wound up] losing 32 pounds. I feel really good. I feel stronger. When I was heavier I didn't feel too strong and now I feel really strong...

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