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Chris Duncan, who hit .156 this spring, was re-assigned to minor-league camp.
Duncan had the best shot of making the club when camp opened, hoping to rediscover the form that made him a semi-regular for the World Series champion Cardinals in 2006. But the first baseman/outfielder never found his hitting stroke, and despite work with coach Rick Eckstein to make changes, wasn't able to transfer that into results in game situations. He hit .156 (5-for-32) with seven RBI in 12 spring games.
Martis, who made the Opening Day rotation last year as the Nationals' No. 4 starter, hasn't been the same since getting sent to Class AAA last summer. He allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings this spring. Manager Jim Riggleman did say, though, he believes the right-hander could help the big-league club this season, either as a starter or reliever.
Orr, who has appeared in the majors for the Nationals each of the last two seasons, hit .200 (4-for-20) this spring. Riggleman believes the veteran infielder was putting too much pressure on himself to try to make the roster and couldn't relax and simply play up to his capabilities.
Today's moves leave 36 players in camp.