Stephen Strasburg might emulate closers and pitch only from the stretch this season.

In his first appearance of spring training, Strasburg avoided a windup for all 23 of his pitches in a 2-1, 10-inning loss Nationals split squad to the Cardinals on Friday.

"I'm not trying to reinvent myself, but just trying to simplify things as much as I can and be able to repeat my mechanics," Strasburg said