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07/27/08 4:30 PM ET

Young struggling to control diabetes

First baseman unable to travel to Florida to get into shape

LOS ANGELES -- Nationals first baseman Dmitri Young is still having problems controlling his diabetes and will remain in Washington, D.C., for the time being.

In fact, general manager Jim Bowden went so far as to say that Young is not feeling well and unable to travel to Florida to get into shape. There is no timetable as to when Young will return to action.

Young hasn't played during the second half of the season because of symptoms related to high blood sugar, which included blurred vision and light-headedness.

"He is not doing very well," Bowden said. "We had hoped he would make it to Florida to continue the process, but [agent] Adam Katz called and said [Young] was not well enough to travel. Obviously, we are concerned and we are going to be with him tomorrow back in D.C. We are praying for him and hope to get him healthy."

Meanwhile, outfielder Elijah Dukes played his second game for the Gulf Coast Nationals and is a combined 0-for-5 in two games.

The news comes almost three weeks after Dukes had right knee surgery. Dukes hurt the knee on July 5 while making a catch against the Reds in Cincinnati.

"We are pleased with his progress. Obviously, he is a very quick healer, but we will keep monitoring him," Bowden said. "You always have to hold him back. The day after he was operated on, he wanted to play left field in the big leagues. He is such a competitor and he wants to be on the field."

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