Outfielder Alfredo Silverio, the Marlins' top Rule 5 draft pick in December, on Wednesday underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow for the second time in 14 months, according to Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest.
The latest setback for Silverio places his future with the Marlins in doubt. It's possible the Marlins will return Silverio to the Dodgers.
"I don't know what we're going to do," Beinfest said.
Silverio, 26, was one of the top prospects in the Dodgers farm system before he suffered multiple injuries in a car accident that caused him to miss the entire 2012 season. But the Marlins gambled, taking him in the Rule 5 draft in hopes he could repeat his 2011 season when he hit .306 with 16 home runs and 85 RBI at Double A.
Silverio, a native of the Dominican Republic, was considered a five-tool player. But, among multiple injuries stemming from the car accident, he suffered concussion syndromes and rquired Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm.
Silverio has spent the entire season for the Marlins on the 60-day disabled list.
The next stop for Henderson Alvarez: the Marlins' starting rotation.
Alvarez made his final rehab start on Friday for Double A Jacksonville, and his pitching line indicates that it was a dandy. Alvarez gave up only two hits and didn't permit any runs over 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and didn't walk any batters. [Click on story here.]
"He's going to be on his way," said manager Mike Redmond. "He'll throw a bullpen here tomorrow and we'll figure out what we're going to do as far as where we're going to fit him in."
The 23-year-old right-hander from Venezuela was a key piece in the blockbuster trade with Toronto in November but has yet to throw a pitch for the Marlins after spending the first half of the season on the DL with right shoulder inflammation.
"Everything I've heard has been really positive, how he feels, his arm strength and the way he's pitched," Redmond said of Alvarez's four rehab outings -- two with Single A Jupiter and the other two with Double A Jacksonville. "Each rehab start he's improved."
Collectively, Alvarez in his four rehab appearances gave up only three earned runs in 24 1/3 innings (1.11 ERA), struck out 15 and walked just one.