Report: Uribe investigated for shooting

Report: Uribe investigated for shooting

Juan Uribe and his brother, Elpidio, are being investigated in the alleged shooting of two men taking place this weekend in the Dominican Republic. The incident took place Friday night at 11 p.m. local time and was reported Saturday, according to El Nacional, a major newspaper in the Dominican.

Dondolin Alessandro, 41, a naval officer assigned to a base in The Kettles, Bani, Uribe's hometown, reportedly was shot in the abdomen, the hands and in other parts of his body. Gonzalez Perez, a farmer who tried to intervene in the reported confrontation, was shot in the left elbow, according to the newspaper report. Both were treated and released at a nearby hospital.

The police report said that both Juan Uribe and his brother are being sought after, and that shots were reportedly fired in self-defense. It also stated that it is not known if other people were injured.

Uribe had a down season offensively, by his own standards, hitting just .235, with 21 home runs and 71 RBIs for the White Sox. He posted an on-base percentage of .257, the lowest of any starter on the team, with 82 strikeouts and 13 walks in 463 at-bats.

Uribe missed six games from Aug. 6-11 with a stiff lower back, a stretch during which manager Ozzie Guillen refused to put his shortstop back in the lineup until Uribe came to him and said he felt good enough to play. This controversy, along with Uribe's offensive woes, made him an offseason target for replacement, despite the White Sox having him under contract for $4.15 million in 2007.

But general manager Ken Williams showed a strong sign of support for Uribe through his comments during the regular season's final weekend in Minneapolis. Williams stressed Uribe's defensive prowess, pointing out that very few shortstops could consistently make the plays turned in by Uribe, and that the White Sox might not have captured the 2005 World Series title without him in the field.

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