ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney made a quick stop onto 1050 ESPN New York's Mike and Mike Show with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic to update everyone on what he's hearing about the Washington Nationals' '09 No. 1 overall pick, pitcher Stephen Strasburg, after the 21-year-old right-hander's 5.0 hitless innings last night in Double-AA action against the Reading Phillies in a 1-0 Harrisburg Senators' win:
Buster Olney: "Well, It doesn't look like he's probably going to have another start in Double-AA, last night he was pitching against Double-AA Reading and he was absolutely unhittable, literally, 5.0 innings, 0 hits, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts, so now in Double-AA, he's pitched 17.1 innings, 7 hits, 3 walks, 23 strikeouts, 1 earned run. So there really doesn't seem to be another reason to keep him in Double-AA, he'll move up to Triple-AAA at some point very soon, and he will be in the big leagues some time in late May or early June. And it's interesting, the one thing that they really wanted to work with him on in the minor leagues was actually slowing down his delivery, he's so quick to home plate that they felt like he was losing velocity on his fastball, losing angle on his fastball, so they slowed him down a little bit. One problem, no one gets on base against him, so he hasn't been able to work with that that much."
Mike: "Last thing, Buster. When he does come up to the majors, what will be the Strasburg Rules?
Buster Olney: "He basically will be pitching a lot like Joba Chamberlain, in terms of, he's only going to have about 150.0 innings this year, so he'll have about 90.0-95.0 innings left to pitch in the big leagues this season. They're going to be conservative with him, as they should be."
(ed. note - "Don't know if you should read into this or not, but the Harrisburg Senators sent out the following message via Twitter (@hbgsenators) earlier this afternoon...and I added the bold emphasis..."):
"Strasburg is scheduled to pitch on Sunday here at Metro Bank Park. Game is at 2PM. As always, rotation is subject to change."