David Buchanan was confused as he was walking out of a conference with Lehigh Valley pitching coach Ray Burris earlier this week.

He thought he was meeting with Burris and IronPigs manager Dave Brundage to go over his most recent start, during which he lasted just one inning and allowed four runs.

"I was just chillin' in the clubhouse and Ray pulled me into the office with [Brundage] and we were talking about my last outing in Buffalo, and we talked about 15 minutes," Buchanan said.

Standard operating procedure. Until ...

"[Burris] caught me off-guard, saying he wanted to make sure I had the right mentality, just make sure I was calmed down, not worried about it," Buchanan said. "So I started leaving the room and he goes, 'I just wanted to make sure you were ready so when Chooch (Carlos Ruiz) gives you that fastball, you’re ready to throw it.'

"I kind of stopped and was like, ‘OK?’ I just thought he kind of said that. And he goes, 'I just want to make sure you’re ready when Chooch gives you that pitch.' And I was like, 'What?'

"I looked at Ray and he started laughing. He couldn’t hold it in anymore and I was like, 'Are you serious right now?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah. You’re going up on Saturday.' My stomach just dropped. I went outside and called my family. It was a great time."

Cliff Lee's recent elbow injury opened the door for Buchanan, who impressed the Phillies in spring training with a 2.25 ERA and sharp command, to make his way into the major-league rotation for Saturday's start against the Dodgers.

And sure enough, four innings into his major-league debut -- a 5-3 Phillies win -- Buchanan found himself in position to take Burris' advice.