Nats: Dukes let go for on-field reasons

Updated: March 18, 2010, 12:48 AM ET
Associated Press

VIERA, Fla. -- Outfielder Elijah Dukes was released by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, a sudden move with 2 1/2 weeks left in spring training.

"I don't know what to say. It felt a little funny," Dukes said told The Associated Press as he packed his car at the team hotel Wednesday afternoon. "I guess I wasn't expecting it. ... That's part of baseball. No big deal, no hard feelings. Just part of the game."

The 25-year-old Dukes was expected to be Washington's starting right ...

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