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Dukes Update

This is Zach Berman again, providing you a quick update on outfielder Elijah Dukes.

For those who saw Dukes pull up lame after his final at-bat in the 8th inning, it does not sound like there is much reason for concern.

Here is what Acta said about Dukes after the game:

On the injury: "He's fine. He hit himself with the bat and then the calf just kind of cramped up on him. It's not pulled or anything. Hopefully he will be fine."

On whether he will miss time: "I don't think so. We'll see how he is when shows up tomorrow, but it was nothing more than a charley horse. That's what we called it. No pull or anything."

For Nationals fans who are interested in whether Dukes' tardiness this afternoon is a finished issue, Acta commented on that, as well...

"He was late to work, and we have one set of rules for everybody. When we're dealing with young guys like we are right now, that's part of the problem. They're going to have to know how to put together those 24 hours a day and show up on time. We have one set of rules for everybody, that's it. But it's put to rest. He felt bad about it. It's his first time in D.C., and he's beginning to realize now that here, you can't just take for granted that you can drive from a certain point to another point in a certain amount of time."

By Chico Harlan  |  August 2, 2008; 11:31 PM ET
 
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