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Slider still in early stages for Diamond

FRISCO, Texas - Since returning to the Texas League, big reliever Thomas Diamond has been difficult to hit and he's striking out plenty of batters. However, he is also issuing more than a walk per inning. Lone Star Dugout chatted with the 26-year-old about his season and the development of his new slider.

Former first-round pick Thomas Diamond had last season's return from Tommy John surgery cut short due to bone spurs in his ankle. Diamond was a starting pitcher upon return in '08, but the Rangers chose to move him to the bullpen for the 2009 season. Diamond himself is not sure if the move is permanent. Because Diamond is already on the club's 40-man roster, he knows that if he pitches well...

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