D.R. police issue warrant for Uribe

Dominican police issue warrant for Uribe

Despite Juan Uribe's claims of innocence through his agent Sunday night, a warrant was issued for his arrest Monday and authorities in the Dominican Republic were seeking him in conjunction with an alleged shooting of two men that took place Friday night.

The Associated Press reported Monday from Santo Domingo in the Dominican that authorities already had arrested an unnamed bodyguard for the White Sox shortstop and Uribe's brother Elpidio on Sunday. The bodyguard's presence was not mentioned in the original article published by El Nacional.

"There is an order for Uribe's arrest and the prosecutor's office is investigating the case," San Cristobal province District Attorney Robert Lugo told the Associated Press.

According to Monday's AP article, Uribe and a bodyguard are suspected of shooting and wounding a Dominican farmer and a captain in the Italian Navy when the pair came too close to Uribe's jeep. The two men were treated and released.

Martin Arburua, Uribe's agent, told the Sun-Times on Sunday that he had talked directly to Uribe, and Uribe informed him that he was not involved with the altercation. Arburua also said Uribe, 27, had told him that he already had spoken to the police.

Lugo told the AP Monday that Uribe had not contacted the police, and he still was being sought. A White Sox team spokesman said that Monday night was the first he had heard of the arrest warrant being issued for Uribe, and as of earlier Monday evening, no new information had been presented to the organization.

Friday's shooting took place in Juan Baron, located approximately 40 miles southwest of Santo Domingo, according to a police report.

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