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wash­ing­ton» Stephen Stras­burg thinks re­ly­ing too much on his new slider put stress on his pitch­ing arm and con­trib­uted to the in­jury prob­lems that side­lined him dur­ing the sec­ond half of last sea­son and the play­offs.

“I fell in love with it,” the Na­tion­als right-han­der said Sun­day, “be­cause it was work­ing, es­pe­cially the first half. It was a quick out.”

Stras­burg threw slid­ers on 17.1 per­cent of his pitches last sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Fan­graphs, more than change­ups (13.1) or curve­balls (12.6). He said that be­cause the slider was not a pitch he was used to throw­ing, he had trou­ble de­liv­er­ing it ex­actly the same way each time.

That al­tered his mo­tion, and the fact he went with the slider more of­ten than he should have, he be­lieves, led to a ten­don is­sue in his right el­bow — al­though one that is now re­solved, he said.

An­gels ac­quire short­stop

B wash­ing­ton» The An­gels ac­quired short­stop Danny Espinosa from the Na­tion­als for two mi­nor-league pitch­ers.

The An­gels sent right-han­ders Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin to the Na­tion­als for Espinosa, who pre­sum­ably lost his start­ing job when Wash­ing­ton ob­tained out­fielder Adam Ea­ton from the White Sox. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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