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12/18/07 5:40 PM ET

Report: Judge dismisses injunction

Witness vs. Dukes doesn't appear for scheduled court hearing

WASHINGTON -- A Tampa judge dismissed a domestic violence injunction against Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes on Tuesday, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Amanda E. Reese, who obtained a temporary protective order against Dukes on Dec. 10, neglected to show up for a court hearing. Dukes attended the hearing, planning to contest the allegations.

According to the paper, Judge Raul Palomino was supposed to consider whether to grant Reese protection for a year, but Reese didn't appear. Dukes' attorney, Grady Irvin, said Dukes was innocent of any wrongdoing and said that property belonging to Dukes disappeared under Reese's watch while he was playing in the Dominican Republic.

Dukes and Reese had a relationship late last summer, but split up in October.

"Elijah's been trying to move on with his life, and quite frankly thought that was somebody that he could entrust his property with," Irvin told the St. Petersburg Times. "One of the things I tell Elijah is that he's got to realize that he's a target."

Because of Dukes' troubled past off the field, the Nationals have a plan in place to make sure that Dukes is successful on the field and a solid citizen off it. Manager Manny Acta and first baseman Dmitri Young will be Dukes' mentors on the field, while Dukes will seek counseling off of it.

Dukes, according to a baseball source, will start living with Barry Larkin, a special assistant to general manager Jim Bowden, starting in January. Dukes will be with Larkin until Spring Training begins.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.