According to the St. Petersburg Times, Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes must make payments of almost $40,000 to his estranged wife or he could face up to 90 days in jail. The Nationals are aware of the situation.
This is not the first issue that Dukes has had involving his wife. While with Tampa Bay in 2007, Dukes was held out of two games after he sent threatening messages to his wife.
Dukes has had a number of on and off the field issues before that Nationals picked him up, in hope he could prove a solid bat in their line up. In his first season with Washington, Dukes hit 13 homers and 44 RBIs with a .264 average.
The Nationals had hope he would compete with Lastings Milledge for the center-field position in 2009