Alfredo Silverio: Damaged goods or the one that got away?
MLB.com reports that the minor-league outfielder, scooped up by the Miami Marlins in the Rule 5 draft, seems ready to come back from a devastating car accident last year that wiped out his season and ended his tenure with the Dodger organization.
For about a week, Silverio has been working out at the Marlins’ Spring Training complex in Jupiter. He has been taking part in the team’s voluntary minicamp at Roger Dean Stadium.
On the back fields, Silverio is taking batting practice and doing some drills, while not pushing it when it comes to throwing.
“I feel back to normal,” the outfielder said.
Silverio wasn’t one of the three Dodgers prospects ranked among the majors’ top 100 by MLB.com yesterday. (Those spots went to Yasiel Puig, Zach Lee and Joc Pederson.) You figure Silverio either belongs somewhere in that group or he won’t be the same player once he faces live pitching. Only time will tell.
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Silverio, 25, missed all of last season after suffering a concussion among numerous injuries in an off-season car crash. Prior to the crash Silverio was among the Dodgers’ top prospects, batting .306/.340/.542 with 11 stolen bases and 16 homers in his first full Double-A season at Chattanooga in 2011.
Next spring he’ll be joined by infielders Ozzie Martinez and Nick Evans, right-handed pitchers Juan Abreu and Gregory Infante, left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz and catcher Wilkin Castillo.
A pair of injury updates that won’t make tomorrow’s editions:
1. An MRI on Jerry Hairston Jr.’s left hamstring revealed a strain, manager Don Mattingly said, which was expected. The Dodgers don’t play tomorrow, so no decision will be made as to whether or not Hairston will go on the disabled list. Hairston hasn’t played since Sunday.
2. Outfield prospect Alfredo Silverio underwent UCL Reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) Wednesday morning, a team spokesperson said in an e-mail. Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery at Kerlan Jobe in Los Angeles. Silverio will return to the Dodgers’ rehab facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. and start his rehab tomorrow. According to the team spokesperson, Silverio isn’t experiencing any symptoms from the concussion he suffered in a car accident in January.