Drew Storen still settling in
Drew Storen has been a major leaguer for 13 days, and he is still getting used to the idea. Standing on the mound feels mostly the same as Class AAA. Everything else, he said, feels different - he flies everywhere, stays in nice hotels and sees his highlights on "SportsCenter."
"Everything is bigger," Storen said. "Playing in the minor leagues, you don't really have the big impact. If you mess up, you're going to mess up in front of a few thousand people instead of 29,000 people. You kind of have to adjust to that.
"I wouldn't say that I'm comfortable, but I am getting into a routine, which is the big thing. The first week or so, it's kind of flustering. Now I know what I need to do and what work I need to get done. I'm feeling more comfortable, but I wouldn't say I'm settled in."
The shock of his first night - "I really wasn't nervous, because I couldn't understand what was going on," Storen said - has faded. His handful of performances has been steady, "as advertised," Manager Jim Riggleman said. Over five outings, all coming in pressure spots, Storen has yielded one earned run on two hits and three walks while striking out five.
Storen credits his short tenure in Class AAA Syracuse for his early success. Hitters are obviously better, but Storen feels like they take the same approach.
"A lot of those guys are old big leaguers, anyway," Storen said. "Guys are really looking for one pitch, and it's tough to fool them. Luckily, I had that taste of Triple A, because I started using my fastball more. It was good for me to make that stop.
"The only difference I notice is the defense is unbelievable. I love that. You have catchers back there who know what they're doing, and if they put it in play, somebody is going to make the play. That's kind of the biggest difference.
"One other adjustment, too, is there's a lot more adjustments you've got to be wary of just because of all the technology up here. You have to make sure you're staying on top of things."
Another minor adjustment: playing without Stephen Strasburg. Storen and Strasburg have played together four separate times - in the Arizona Fall League, in spring training for the Nationals, with Class AA Harrisburg and Class AAA Syracuse.
Strasburg sent Storen a text message after his debut May 17, but they have not been in touch since. "I need to call him," Storen said. "It's one of those things, too, that it won't be long for his next step. I'm sure we'll catch up then. I'm excited. I'm hoping I can I help him out."
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