- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2011

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) - Known for being a fitness freak, Raul Ibanez took it to a higher level this offseason after injuries hampered him the last two years.

He showed for spring training with a new look, and it wasn’t just the beard on his face. Ibanez packed on some extra muscle, a result of some grueling workout sessions with training guru Steve Saunders during the offseason.

The former All-Star left fielder hopes his improved body will help have a big season with the Philadelphia Phillies as he enters the final year of his contract.