Nationals News: Good Luck, Luis

WASHINGTON - MAY 20: Luis Atilano #56 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on May 20, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

  The Nats have chosen whom they will draft first overall, but are keeping their plans to themselves. (hint: it's Bryce Harper)

  ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine says that he has "never seen anything like" Bryce Harper, at his age (17).

  Livan Hernandez fell victim to a "stupid" inning last night, allowing no runs through 4.2 and then giving up four.

  The only National to appear in the first round of All-Star balloting is Pudge Rodriguez.

  MLBTR suggests that a possible trade for Roy Oswalt would revolve around Brad Meyers, Chris Marrero and Tyler Clippard, though the Astros are not currently in talks with anyone.

  John Heyman suggests that mid-June is a more likely timeframe for Strasburg to be called up if the club is targeting 100 major league innings for him.

  Stephen Strasburg will make his next AAA start on May 29th, meaning he won't be pitching in San Diego.

  Nationals' principal owner Mark Lerner ended up with a black eye and thirty stitches after being hit in the face while shagging balls during batting practice.

  Stephen Strasburg's start, live on MASN, earned a peak household rating of 0.9 in D.C., amounting to more than 21,000 households.

  Mike Rizzo reiterated that no date has been chosen for Stephen Strasburg's major league debut, and was upset at media outlets who were suggesting June 4.

  The Nationals planned to have catching depth this season, but they didn't realize they would need as many backups as they do.

  The Nationals unconditionally released Brian Bruney.

Around the league...

  The New Jersey man who was accused of vomiting on an 11-year-old pleaded guilty to a number of charges.

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