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The Nationals are preparing for Wednesday's arrival of OF Elijah Dukes, with this detail from the Washington Post:. With this update that Dukes will speak at 3 p.m. today.

Outfielder Elijah Dukes, whose acquisition in December created a stir owing to Dukes's troubled past, is expected to report to camp on time Wednesday and meet with reporters on Thursday. Dukes, 23, has not spoken publicly since the Nationals acquired him from Tampa Bay.

"The kid is eager to start a new career in a new place with new teammates," said Acta, who saw Dukes work out three weeks ago in Orlando. "But there's a ways to go in spring training, and I really, really hope things work out for us because he's very talented."

Team President Stan Kasten is planning to fly in from Washington for Dukes's arrival -- another indication of how much effort and how many resources the team is putting into the project. . . .

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:33am]


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