How a 4,000-calorie 'Cup of Joe' helped Texas Rangers rookie Palumbo pack on pounds

Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Baseball

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Joe Palumbo is bound to lose weight this spring, as most players do, but he might lose more than anyone else on the Texas Rangers' roster.

The left-hander doesn't have Valley Fever or a stomach bug. He's probably strong than he has ever been, and still will be that way once the regular season starts.

Palumbo is doing to drop pounds because he has dropped daily 4,000-calorie shakes from his diet.

Four. Thousand. Calories.

"It was a grind, but I got it done," he said.

The purpose behind the shakes was to put weight on his slight frame to help him add strength to the endurance also required to log a high total of innings from game to game and over a season.


Palumbo, who made his MLB debut last season, said he added between 20 and 25 pounds. Most of it, if not all of it, is good weight as he combined the extra calories with an intense workout regimen.

His typical day went like this: Work out at 1:45 p.m., eat an early dinner between 4 and 5 p.m., and down the shake. Half went down with dinner. The other half eventually went down before bedtime.

It wasn't easy to drink, and not exactly a breeze to make.

The recipe he concocted started with protein power at 650 calories a scoop.


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