Dukes getting better; Hernandez can't grip bat
Manager Manny Acta said that outfielder Elijah Dukes’ left hamstring is getting better. Dukes was able to do his running drills without any problems on Saturday afternoon. Dukes is expected to run the bases on Sunday and then go to the team’s complex in Viera, Fla. to work out.
“He looks very good. He changed directions in every type of drill that we put him through. He felt really good. The hamstring didn’t tighten up or anything, so he is pretty much ready,” Acta said.
Second baseman Anderson Hernandez was not in the lineup for the second straight day because of a sore right pinky. Manager Manny Acta said Hernandez couldn’t grip a bat. There isn’t any talk of putting Hernandez on the disabled list.
Catcher Jesus Flores, on the disabled list because of a right shoulder contusion, is expected to begin his rehab assignment at Double-A Harrisburg.