Dodger Camp Beginning to Get Interesting With Three Injuries


We’ve been bemoaning the lack of news from camp thus far, so I suppose this falls under the category of “be careful what you wish for”, because we have news about three separate injuries to young players of varying severity and importance.

Most troubling has to be Alfredo Silverio, who was in a one-car accident in the Dominican Republic on January 23. Tony Jackson provides terrifying details:

In short, the kid is lucky. From talking to various people (still haven’t been able to talk to Silverio), this is what I have been able to cull: the accident happened on a stretch of road called Curva de la Muerte, which translates to Curve of Death. Apparently, he was going about 60 mph and lost control, the car going off the road and flipping several times. He temporarily lost consciousness, and the car was demolished.

Jackson adds that in addition to a concussion, Silverio sustained injuries to his back, shoulder, elbow and neck; he’ll be sent to a concussion specialist next week and will almost certainly see the start to his season delayed. We’ve seen concussions ruin careers before – see Corey Koskie & Mike Matheny, among others – and Don Mattingly says there “there isn’t even a timeline right now,” which is clearly concerning. That said, I’m trying to stay cautiously optimistic if only because Silverio was able to fly from the Dominican to Arizona, and one of the last things concussion victims are supposed to do is fly. If the Dodgers were comfortable allowing him to do so, that should be seen as a good sign. Silverio, Baseball Prospectus‘ #7 Dodger prospect, was expected to start in the Triple-A Albuquerque outfield, so the potential for missed time does help explain a bit more why the Dodgers felt the need to supplement outfield depth by claiming Matt Angle from Baltimore recently.

But the fun doesn’t stop there, because 23-year-old 1B/OF Angelo Songco (unranked by BP) is going to have a tough season as well, per Jackson:

Anyway, another highly regarded prospect, outfielder-first baseman Angelo Songco, is expected to miss the next two to three months after having a rod inserted into his lower right leg. Songco was hit by a pitch late last season at high Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, where he hit .313 with 48 doubles, 29 homers, 114 RBI and a .367 on-base percentage, causing a stress fracture he was able to play through for the rest of the season. But when he started feeling intensified pain in the leg a few weeks ago, he was sent for an X-ray that showed it had turned into a full-blown fracture.

Songco was to move up to Double-A Chattanooga this year and was likely to play more first than outfield, so his absence may open up more time for sorta-prospect Austin Gallagher.

Finally, Dee Gordon took a bad hop grounder to the mouth during batting practice and had to leave the complex for stitches (which you can see here). Gordon returned afterwards and took some swings, so it doesn’t appear to be that serious, and we see players take pops in the mouth from bad hops all the time. Still, we’re constantly worried about Gordon’s ability to hold up over the course of the season, and this serves to remind us that the depth behind him is less than optimal. Mattingly has already said that he prefers to keep Juan Uribe at third base this year rather than shifting him around, and while Jerry Hairston is an adequate fill-in on Gordon’s days off, a 36-year-old who played nine innings at the position last year isn’t really an ideal long-term replacement. Stay limber, Justin Sellers.

15 comments
Ned Colletti
Ned Colletti

The Dodgers medical and traning staff are top notch, no need to worry about Silverio flying with a concussion.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

Wow, the Silverio news is especially bad. I suppose you're right, Angle will probably end up the Topes' CF to start the year with Castellanos in RF and either Oeltjen or Sands in LF (based on my conversation with Watson in January, I expect Russell to go back to Double-A unless he has a huge spring). I will certainly miss having Silverio here, especially if the Dodgers keep Eovaldi and co. away from ABQ. Sad to hear about Songco, too. I met him when he was skinny freshman at Loyola Marymount in my last year in LA before I got laid off. I hope he makes it back fairly soon, but this could snuff out his career (see De Jesus, Ivan). Oh, and apparently the Dodgers signed one of the many Brian Andersons of the world. Not sure if it's the former White Sox CF-turned-RHP, but if it is, I would enjoy having him around again. (yes, knew him from my newspaper days back in Tucson; nice kid, extremely goofy)

badger3
badger3

Bad hops? Did Frank fire groundskeepers too?

a
a

whoever is doing the Ned comments is very clever. imo it takes some of the humor away when others reply as if it were Ned

Mike
Mike

Anderson is indeed the former outfielder, which is kind of exciting I suppose. I'm kind of surprised about Russell, unless Sands does end up back in ABQ. With Silverio out and Mattingly still talking about seeing Castellanos in the infield a bit, it'd seem there would be outfield room. Besides, watching him crush dingers in ABQ could be hilarious, at least on the rare occasions he makes contact.

Ken
Ken

Frank is relying upon bloggers to go to AZ and work as groundskeepers with deferred compensation. The deferred compensation will be free parking at Dodger home games this season.

Bip
Bip

Shut the f--- up, Ned, you're out of your element!

cjax33
cjax33

I'm going to be surprised to see Castellanos playing much INF. In spring training, yes, during the regular season, no. My guess is the Topes carry four OFs, which means Oeltjen/Sands, Angle, Castellanos, and probably Cory Sullivan as the veteran backup. Watson seemed to like Sullivan a lot, but that was prior to the Angle pickup. If Sullivan fizzles/gets hurt, maybe Russell makes it, but they could go with Tyler Henson or Elian Herrera, too. The competition for Topes' roster spots is more interesting right now than the Dodgers' roster.

Dave
Dave

Russell's line in ABS is gonna be like .240/.290/.750

badger3
badger3

I spent some time on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. I know how to pick rock. But I won't need the parking. Maybe I can sell it half price to somebody that doesn't want to pay McCourt $15.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

He'll play most of his time at first base. The Dodgers need to see if he can handle it defensively as an option for 2013. If Sands is sent down, the two of them will alternate between 1B and LF.

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