Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/1/11

Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki is doing his best to pack on the pounds.

Suzuki told MLB.com that he is eating 4,000 calories a day in an effort to add 15 pounds prior to training camp.

Last season, the 27-year-old Suzuki began the year at 193 pounds but weighed in at 185 at the end of the campaign.

"You're training to play not just once a week, but every day," Suzuki said. "That takes a toll on your body, especially being a catcher in the middle of the summer, when you're out there in 90- and 100-degree heat. It takes a lot of energy, and you do tend to shed weight."

Suzuki has seen his batting average decline over the last two seasons. After batting .274 in 2009, he hit for just .237 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs in 2011.

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