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Silverio shut down with sprained elbow

JUPITER, Fla. -- Early in Spring Training, the Marlins saw some flashes of power from Alfredo Silverio. The team, however, isn't going to be seeing much more of the 25-year-old outfielder for at least a couple of weeks.

Silverio has been shut down with a sprained right elbow.

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Selected as a Rule 5 pick off the Dodgers' roster in December, Silverio is expected to open the season on the disabled list.

The elbow sprain is the latest in a string of misfortunes for the outfielder. In January 2012, he was involved in a serious car accident, which caused him to miss all of last year.

As a result of the wreck, Silverio had Tommy John surgery performed on his right elbow.

During the first few weeks of Spring Training, Silverio was on throwing program, and he was able to bat. He appeared in three Grapefruit League games, and was 3-for-12 (.250) with a home run.

"He will be out for a while," manager Mike Redmond said. "He felt something long-tossing. We shut him down. We don't have a time frame on that."

The Marlins were not anticipating Silverio being healthy for the start of the season anyway. But they were hoping to have Spring Training to evaluate him more.

"It's disappointing," Redmond said. "He was doing so well. It looked like he was feeling good. Those things are touchy."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less