"He has been scuffling the last couple of games," Acta said. "It would be a good day to take the day off. He is a patient guy and pretty knowledgeable of the strikes zone. Right now, he is going after pitches that he is not used to. Obviously, this is the big leagues. When he chases, the pitchers are not going to make it easy for him to hit."
In Wednesday's game, it looked like Dukes hurt his leg in the sixth inning. He had a tough time chasing a double hit by Johnny Damon, but Acta said Dukes is fine and had a tough time picking up the ball off the carom near the right-field foul line.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.