“Nothing was hit hard [against him]. A lot of grubworms tonight. He had that ball boring in on them all night long and they just hit it right into the ground. One ball I think, Dunn hit a ball pretty good down the left-field line, and that was it.
“His pitch count got high, but he was tough. Really tough.”
“We hit the ball early and hard against Strasburg, and then later on. But he’s as advertised. He’s dynamite. He’s great, something really good for baseball to come along, something that special. And he’s got maybe the best change-up for a first-year player that I’ve ever seen. Everybody talks about his fastball, but that change-up just darts straight down at 90-91 [mph]. It looks like some guys best heater – going straight down.”
On crowd: “It was great. We had 40,000 people or so. It was a great evening. To beat him, it was a plus, but the kid’s as advertised. He’s got a great future.”
“He gave us a couple of pitches to hit and we hit them. Yunel had two hits tonight and he hit the ball pretty darn good. He’s been hitting the ball good. He got off to a lousy start.”
“They’re going to cast it for a week, and then go from there. But he should be OK, hopefully, in 15 days. And we’re moving Kawakami to the bullpen and Jurrjens will start on Wednesday.”
(other move, player going down, won’t be announced until after game Tuesday)
More on Heyward: “It’s a deep bone bruise, and the only way it’s going to get better is to do nothing.”
on Tim Hudson
“Huddy’s been pitching like that all year long. He brings it every fifth day. Tonight he did nothing different. He had a power sinker tonight, 92, and he painted the bottom of the zone.”
“There was a lot of electricity out there tonight. Any time you face a guy the first time who can throw 100 and has got a great change-up and great curveball … the fans came out and it was a fun game.”
“He’s got great stuff. He can dominate you. That one inning, we all put together some great ABs and Hinske got the big knock, and Escobar. It was a big inning.”
“It felt like a playoff game, the electricity that was there tonight. A lot of people came out to watch Strasburg pitch and, you know, it was fun to play.”
“We all feed off Huddy. You know he’s prepared and he brings it every fifth day. He’s absolutely up there with the game’s best right now.”
“It was fun. It was a great ballgame. Fans were excited. It was a good pitchers’ duel till late in the game. It was a lot of fun. It was fun to see the fans, all the electricity in the air and getting into it, big pitches having to be made.”
“Obviously you’d love to go out there and have an 8-run lead by the fifth inning. But games like tonight, any pitchers’ duel, for me as a player and a fan of the game, they’re a lot of fun to be a part of. It’s a lot better when you’re on the winning side of it. I’ve been on both ends.”
“I tell you man, he’s got good stuff. He’s going to be a great pitcher, there’s no question about that. It’s kind of weird to say you feel sorry for him, but it’s unfortunate that him, unlike most rookies, can’t come up to the big league level and fly under the radar. He’s come up with a lot of media coverage, and unfortunately teams that he’s pitching against are going to come with their A game against him, because they want to beat him. Because he’s the hot rookie that’s supposed to beat you.”
on MRI result and going on DL
“I was never worried or anything like that. We just needed to take the time to find out what needed to be done.
“We’re doing the best thing, I believe. I don’t think they’d ever do anything but that. Right now it’s a good opportunity to go ahead and get it done, get the rest in, get the health and get the strength back in it, and be able to come back the second half.”
“I haven’t found out yet what it means to the All-Star situation.”
Was this the team or doctors’ recommendation, did they talk to you about it?
“They brought up options. They respected my choices and my decision on it. Me and Frank and the trainers and the doctors, we all came together with something and we’re good to go with that.”
Disappointed by the news?
“No, I’m not disappointed. I’m happy I’m getting better. In spite of the situation.”