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Peralta feeling 'quicker' at camp, deflects PED talk

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Jhonny Peralta will let last week's statement from his attorney stand in regards to the SI.com report from earlier this month that his name was found in the records of Anthony Bosch and the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.

"I don't have any comment for that," Peralta said Wednesday afternoon. "I talked to my lawyer already, and I don't have [any] comment. We can talk about this year coming up."

Peralta's attorney, Barry Boss, released a statement soon after the SI.com report. The statement quoted Peralta saying, "I have never used performance-enhancing drugs. Period. Anybody who says otherwise is lying."

That was the one topic on which he declined comment. Everything else was open, including questions about his weight and his range. Peralta said he's down to 215 pounds, compared with 227 last spring, and he could lose a few more before Opening Day.

"If I can be 210, it's better for me," Peralta said, "so I'm working out for that."

The weight loss came partly at the suggestion of Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, Peralta said, and partly from himself.

"I worked [out] in the Dominican Republic," Peralta said. "I have a strength trainer over there, and I'm working really hard this year to be how I've been [in the past]. I've lost about 20 pounds. I feel really good."

Peralta said he also has a chef who has changed his diet. He stopped short of the cliche that he's in the best shape of his life, but he said he felt a difference immediately once he started taking ground balls.

"I feel quicker," Peralta said. "I feel lighter. Taking ground balls today in the field, I feel I've got a better move side-to-side."

His goal is to stay at shortstop as he heads into the next phase of his career. He'll turn 31 in May.

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