Silverio's Uncertain Future

Car accident sidelines Dodgers prospect





PHOENIX—This was to be Alfredo Silverio's breakout spring, the one that would put him in the mix to stop the team's revolving door in left field. But a late January auto accident in his native Dominican Republic has kept  the 24-year-old off the field, and his immediate future remains uncertain as he deals with a concussion as well as bruises to his neck, elbow and shoulder.

"I feel terrible for this kid," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Silverio, who hit .306/.340/.542 with career highs for home runs (16) and RBI (85) at Double A Chattanooga last season. Silverio earned a spot on the Southern League all-star team as well as an invitation to the Futures Game.

"You see his face, he's dejected," Mattingly said. "(He) gets on the 40-man roster with a chance to come to camp and show something.  For this to happen, that's really sad."

Early in spring training, teammates passed around a cell phone picture of Silverio's Honda Accord, so damaged in the one-car accident that at least one player wondered how Silverio survived. The crash, in which the car reportedly skidded off the road and went over an embankment, happened shortly after he returned home from a winter development camp at Dodger Stadium

A month into spring training, Silverio, the Dodgers' No. 4 prospect—and the only position player among the top eight—remained out of uniform as he received treatment for his concussion, which still leaves him light-headed. Given the extent of his injuries, the team isn't rushing him, and reassigned him to minor league camp in the first wave of cuts.

"There isn't even a timetable right now," Mattingly said. "At least here he's a part of it. If he were home it would be out of sight, out of mind. The fact that he's here, it's good for him, it's good for us."

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

• The Dodgers signed former Minnesota Vikings safety Jarrad Page as an outfielder following a tryout in March. Page, 27, was drafted three times between 2002 and 2006 and played 90 baseball games while at UCLA.

• In addition to Silverio, the Dodgers also optioned righthander Chris Withrow and first baseman Scott Van Slyke, the team's minor league player of the year in 2011, to minor league camp. Withrow gave up a run in five spring innings, while Van Slyke had five hits, including a homer, in 14 Cactus League at-bats.