Dunn not concerned about slow start
Solid defense making up for early lack of power
PHILADELPHIA -- After Monday's game, first baseman Adam Dunn is 2-for-18 with an RBI, but he has an on-base percentage of .448, thanks to 10 walks.
Dunn is not concerned with the slow start or the lack of power.
"I feel good. I'm seeing the ball good," Dunn said. "I'm fouling off pitches I could handle or I've been pitched to pretty good. This last week, I feel real good at the plate. I may be expanding the zone sometimes."
Dunn continues to play solid defense at first base. In the third inning of Monday's game, he was able to turn a double play off the bat of Cole Hamels. He fielded the ball, tagged first and made a perfect throw to shortstop Ian Desmond, who tagged out Carlos Ruiz to end the inning.
"I'm starting to feel good over there," Dunn said. "[Citizens Bank Park] has one of the better infields, so the ball is going to do what it is supposed to do. I don't have to think as much over there, which is a good thing."
Nats have not made a decision on Harper
PHILADELPHIA -- The Nationals have not decided whether to select Bryce Harper as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, according to a prominent source in the organization. A published report indicated that Washington would draft the catcher, barring an injury or a drastic change.
"Not true," the source said. "No decision has been made."
General manager Mike Rizzo, who was not available for comment, has said that there isn't a clear-cut selection atop the first round for 2010 as there was last year, when Washington made right-hander Stephen Strasburg the No. 1 overall pick.
Strasburg to pitch on Friday
PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Stephen Strasburg will start on Friday for Double-A Harrisburg. He is expected to pitch five innings or throw 85 pitches against New Britain.
In his first pro start, on Sunday, Strasburg pitched five innings and gave up four runs -- one earned -- against Altoona. He struck out eight and walked two.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.