Abreu says Urbina is innocent.
"He's not doing too good. He's in a bad position," said Abreu of Urbina, who came to the Phillies last season in a trade with the Tigers. "I visited him a couple of times. All I can do is give him my friendship and support. I know him very well, and (the accusation) isn't true. It's something that really hurts me inside."
Urbina would have been a likely member of the Venezuelan entry in the inaugural World Baseball Classic and a teammate of Abreu's on that team.
After arriving from the Tigers in the Placido Polanco deal, Urbina went 4-3, 4.13 in 56 games with the Phillies. His contract was up at the end of the season and Urbina hoped to re-sign with the Phillies to continue playing with Abreu. He figured that even if the Phillies didn't re-sign him, there would be a team out there willing to give him a decent contract. Urbina had pitched very well in Detroit prior to the trade, compiling a 1-3 record, but posting a 2.63 ERA in 25 games. Overall, his ERA was a respectable 3.21 last season.