Dukes optioned to Triple-A
The Nats optioned OF Elijah Dukes to Triple-A Syracuse this morning before the day game against the Marlins to make room for OF Nyjer Morgan and LHP Sean Burnett.
Morgan and Burnett were acquired on Tuesday from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for outfielder Lastings Milledge and right-handed pitcher Joel Hanrahan.
Dukes struggled in June batting .189 (16-for-81) with two home runs and six RBI.
“I don’t think we’re going to be doing him any help by just sitting him here,” Acta said before Wednesday’s game against the Florida Marlins.
Morgan isn’t in the starting lineup today but is available off the bench.