CINCINNATI -- Various media outlets reported Thursday that pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg might make his big league debut vs. the Pirates when Pittsburgh meets Washington in a June 8-10 series.
Before Thursday's game vs. the Reds, Pirates manager John Russell was asked about the possibility of welcoming Strasburg to the Major Leagues and if Pittsburgh would have to change its approach, while preparing for a pitcher the team has never faced and doesn't have much knowledge about.
"I don't know what you can do," Russell said. "You have to go prepare for the game. He's pretty good, and there will be a lot of media and fan attention. But you get that when you face [Tim] Lincecum and [Chris] Carpenter in St. Louis. It will be an exciting day, but you just prepare for the game."