VIERA, Fla. -- Ray King was informed by Nationals manager Manny Acta on Saturday that he made the 25-man roster and will be the lone left-hander out of the bullpen. King will make $850,000 this season.
The Nationals signed King to a Minor League contract this offseason and he came into camp in the best shape of his life. King decided to stay away from junk food and sodas, worked out with his son and lost 23 pounds. He said instead of going to In-N-Out Burger, King ate salmon instead.
King decided to lose weight after watching some video tapes of himself dating back to 2003, when he was with the Braves. He felt that being overweight changed his mechanics, which prevented him from making better pitches.
King has been able to make his pitches this spring. In fact, he hasn't given up a run in six innings.
"I felt that I've had more command of my pitches this spring," King said. "Last spring, I really wanted to focus on getting lefties out. This year, I came in wanting to get everybody out to where I hope to start pitching full innings. I feel more comfortable pitching against righties than I do lefties."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.