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Injuries in rearview, Silverio's sights set on Majors

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Injuries in rearview, Silverio's sights set on Majors

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Two years ago, Alfredo Silverio survived a terrible auto accident that left him with back, shoulder, elbow and neck injuries. His right elbow required Tommy John surgery.

Silverio reinjured his throwing arm while attempting a comeback in 2013, and he had a second major elbow surgery last June. After missing two full seasons and overcoming his share of adversity, he has set a high goal for 2014: reach the big leagues.

"I'm going to do it this year," the hard-luck outfielder said. "That's my goal."

Considering what Silverio has already overcome, it is hard to count him out.

But the Marlins aren't jumping to conclusions. They simply want Silverio to get back into the flow of playing again. If he can stay healthy, then who knows where his path may lead.

It will start at Double-A Jacksonville, but Silverio has a chance to move up to Triple-A quickly. Although he is not in big league camp, the Marlins brought him along to Kissimmee on Friday as an extra outfielder to face the Astros. Silverio replaced left fielder Jake Marisnick in the bottom of the sixth inning, and then he struck out to lead off the seventh and end the ninth in the Marlins' 7-2 win.

Silverio could be an outfield option for Miami later in the season.

"I think we all feel fortunate that we were able to keep him in the system and get him another year of being healthy and see what he could do," manager Mike Redmond said. "I think a lot of people are curious to see what he does in the Minor Leagues, and if this guy becomes an option down the road for us."

A few years ago, Silverio was a touted prospect with the Dodgers. At Double-A Chattanooga in 2011, he had an outstanding year, collecting 76 extra-base hits. Silverio batted .306 with 42 doubles, 18 triples, 16 home runs and 85 RBIs.

But in late January 2012 in the Dominican Republic, Silverio was involved in the car wreck that set back his big league dreams. The Dodgers left him off their 40-man roster, and the Marlins claimed him in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft.

Silverio showed promise while recovering from his elbow injury, but he had a setback late in Spring Training in 2013, and a second surgery was required.

Because of the second Tommy John surgery, the Marlins outrighted Silverio and offered him back to the Dodgers. Miami was pleasantly surprised when Los Angeles declined to take him, which cleared the way for the outfielder's return.

In Minor League camp, Silverio already has four doubles and a home run.

"I'm feeling good," Silverio said. "I've been hitting really good."

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

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