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05/13/10 8:25 PM ET

Nothing new to report in Dunn talks

DENVER -- Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn said Thursday that all remains quiet when it comes to contract-extension talks. Even if nothing gets done now Dunn, who is a free agent after the season, believes something could be worked out this offseason.

Dunn said getting another two-year deal like the one he signed in February 2009 wouldn't necessarily be his preference, but he wouldn't be opposed to it.

"It would probably be over two. We'll see what happens " Dunn said.

Entering Thursday's action against the Rockies, Dunn was hitting .256 with a team-leading seven home runs and 17 RBIs.

Dunn, not known for his defensive prowess, has also has improved dramatically with the glove. He entered Thursday with only three errors in 34 games.

Asked if he has proven that he should stay in the National League, Dunn said, "If I was going out to help this team, that's what I needed to do, is to get better defensively. And that's what I work on."

Strasburg getting extra rest between starts

DENVER -- Nationals top pitching prospect Stephen Strasburg's next start with Triple-A Syracuse is scheduled for Tuesday against Rochester. Strasburg is expected to pitch on six days' rest.

Strasburg is being given the extra day in accordance to the pitching plan laid out by general manager Mike Rizzo, pitching coordinator Spin Williams and pitching coach Steve McCatty. The team is giving Strasburg the occasional extra day to help him better withstand the rigors of an entire pro season.

Rizzo has declined to give a day as to when Strasburg will make his Major League debut. There are reports that Strasburg could start on June 8 against the Pirates at Nationals Park. At least two of his teammates are looking forward to his arrival in the big leagues.

"I'm excited as anyone, but we have a lot of games in between the time he gets here," first baseman Adam Dunn said. "He will be a welcome addition for sure. If you like 97 mile-an-hour sinkers with huge curveballs and changeups, that's what he has. He is really good. He is a legit No. 1 [starter]."

Reliever Doug Slaten watched Strasburg, the top pick overall in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, pitch one game while both were in Syracuse. Slaten came away impressed.

"Everything they ever said about him is true. He lives up to the hype," Slaten said. "I think he can add a lot to the Major League pitching staff. It's just a matter of getting through the whole season."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.