Abreu was unavailable for comment, but manager Don Mattingly said the 17-year-veteran understood the decision.
Victorino, who will wear No. 8 with the Dodgers and was slated to bat leadoff, said he was excited to play on a team that he said reminds him a lot of the Phillies when they started making noise in the National League a few years ago.
"This was kind of where [the Phillies] were a few years ago when we were the team that everybody reckoned with," he said.
So, how did it go in Victorino's first game with L.A.? Not so well. Victorino was 0 for 4, and the Diamondbacks blanked the Dodgers, 4-0.
Canseco seeks bankruptcy
Former slugger Jose Canseco, who lately has been earning a paycheck as a television reality show personality, celebrity boxer, and mixed-martial arts participant, has filed for bankruptcy protection in Nevada.
The 1986 American League rookie of the year and 1988 league MVP with the Athletics is seeking asset liquidation in Chapter 7 documents filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Las Vegas. The filing, first reported by the Las Vegas Sun, lists less than $21,000 in assets and almost $1.7 million in liabilities, including more than $500,000 owed to the IRS.
The 48-year-old Canseco, who has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, hit 462 home runs during 16 years on eight major-league teams, and was a six-time all-star. In 1988, he led the league with 42 homers and stole 40 bases.
Rays release Matsui
The Tampa Bay Rays have granted Hideki Matsui his release. Matsui was designated for assignment last week and manager Joe Maddon said that the team released Matsui at his request.
Matsui, 38, is now free to sign with any team. He was batting .147 with two homers and seven RBIs.
This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.