It was a shade over a year ago that Alfredo Silverio lost control of his car in the Dominican Republic, glanced off a concrete wall and rolled several times.
Silverio, a promising minor-league outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers when the accident occurred, was so badly injured that he spent more than a week in the hospital, briefly lost his memory, underwent Tommy John surgery on his right throwing arm and missed the entire 2012 season.
The accident now behind him, Silverio, 25, said he is almost fully healed and doesn't intend on remaining idle this coming season. He hopes to be patrolling center field for the Marlins — if not at season's start, then soon after — as the team's first Rule 5 Draft success story since 2005 when Dan Uggla was plucked out of baseball's surplus pile. Uggla turned into the quintessential diamond in the rough.
Standing on one of the practice diamonds Monday behind Roger Dean Stadium, where in two weeks the Marlins will embark on a spring training that will stand in marked contrast to their one a year ago when expectations were sky high, Silverio was asked what thoughts went through his head on Jan. 23, the one-year anniversary of his accident.
"Time flies," Silverio said. "It was one year ago, the accident, when I almost lost my life."
Alfredo Silverio aims to restart career with Miami Marlins
Miami Herald | Jan 29