SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Mike Wright had a busy offseason.
He got married Dec. 30, 2017, and thanks to his wife, Madison, a registered dietitian, Wright radically altered his diet and training.
Mike Wright, who got his third spring training start March 7 against Tampa Bay, is competing for the fifth starter's job in the Orioles' rotation. Madison Wright thinks she can help.
"She really knows her stuff," Mike Wright said. "We just eat in a lot. We cook healthy. We make healthy decisions on what we drink, what we put in our bodies, when we eat it."
Mike and Madison Wright both went to East Carolina University. Madison Wright has degrees in exercise physiology and nutrition science, and last year she added a masters from the University of Florida in nutrition science.
She runs an online business, Muscles by Madz.com, offering fitness and dietary service. Because of baseball's transient nature, it fits Madison Wright well.
The 6-foot-6 215-pound Mike Wright said he learned a lot from his wife, like the basics of nutrient timing.
"If you work out that day, if you do legs, you're burning a lot of energy," Mike Wright said. "You can have more carbs that day. It's just not having a lazy day and crushing sushi and ice cream."
Madison Wright has a few rules she suggested this offseason. She encouraged her husband to drink more water and avoid late-night snacking, and eating at home allows the Wrights to limit their sodium intake.
"We very rarely eat fast food, and even more rarely eat any fried food," Madison wrote in an email. "Regular sodas were eliminated completely and diet sodas are consumed on occasion."
Mike Wright has trained with Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson in Southern California the past few offseasons, so he wasn't a novice at receiving advice on nutrition.
"Brady, he's obviously a vampire," Mike Wright joked. "He looks like he doesn't age. He does a lot of stuff really well. His working out philosophies are a lot different than a lot of people's, but I love it. That's why I keep going back."
Madison Wright and Anderson have worked together on helping Mike.
"They still love to talk and love to collaborate and think about ideas, like intermittent fasting," Mike Wright said. "They're constantly trying to see what's the newest and best thing that you can do.
"… By no means was I out of shape or bad health or anything. My whole life, I was super skinny. It took me a lot of time to put on weight to look like a normal human being. I didn't have to think about the timing of when I ate big meals. When I decided to splurge, it was whatever goes. Obviously, she's done a lot of research, a lot of time and effort and schooling on how and when and what foods are better."
Madison Wright has noted a few concrete changes.
"I am most excited by his improved cholesterol and blood sugar levels," she wrote. "Mike has also thinned out in his mid-section, which he is excited about."
Together, Madison Wright and Anderson have Mike's best interests at heart.
"I think they have a pretty firm grasp on what works for them, what works for most people," Mike Wright said. "Between working out with him and the new nutrition program I'm on, I feel really good."