I'm the GM, Part I

Despite a miserable 15-30 record the Houston Astros say they are not attempting to trade righthander Roy Oswalt, who recently said he would like to go to a contender.

"I've got a small window," Oswalt told reporters on Friday. "I've got two years left, and I'm trying to get back to the playoffs. I haven't been there since '05."

To which general manager Ed Wade offered the following acid response:

"Roy's contract has a no-trade clause, not a trade-me clause."

The three-time all-star is under contract through 2011.

I'm the GM, Part II

And in the nation's capital, general manager Mike Rizzo bristled in response to several media outlets saying super-prospect Stephen Strasburg would make his major-league debut on June 4.

"That hasn't been decided yet, although you did announce that he's pitching on the 4th," Rizzo lectured the Washington Post. "There are factors that will be involved when we announce it. And even when we announce it, it's not going to be settled on until a couple days after his last start in triple A."

Strasburg, who is a combined 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA with double-A Harrisburg and triple-A Syracuse - he has an 0.39 ERA in 23.1 innings in triple A - will make his next start Saturday.

If he gets his usual four days off between starts, he would be in line to start again on (you guessed it) June 4.

Goodbye to Jose Lima

Mets lefthander Johan Santana said he will attend the funeral service for fellow Venezuelan Jose Lima in New York on Thursday.

"I met him when both of us were with the Houston Astros," the Santana said.

"Even though Lima was in the majors, he would visit the minor leagues on his days off and sing to us, a gesture that those who were there have never forgotten," said Santana.

Weird stat

On a team with Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla, the guy who seems to make the biggest difference in the Florida Marlins' lineup is Cody Ross.

In games through Tuesday, Florida is a sizzling 14-2 when the rightfielder drives in a run. When he doesn't, the Marlins are 10-19.


Cincinnati placed shortstop Paul Janish on the bereavement list so he could attend his grandmother's funeral near Houston and called up infielder Drew Sutton from triple-A Louisville.