Gary Sheffield

Sheffield said his body is ready for the challenge.

“I am in tip-top shape," Sheffield said. “I am healthy and I have been working to get back to where I need to be. I am feeling great and I lost 15 pounds, down to 212."

Feeling good enough to play the outfield regularly?

“At 212, I could run for days," said Sheffield, who has a career .292 average; 2,689 hits; and 1,676 RBIs.