Outfielder Alfredo Silverio, who was ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect by Baseball America before suffering serious injuries in a car accident in January, was sent outright to Triple-A on Sunday.
Silverio missed the entire 2012 season with a concussion and other injuries sustained in the accident. He had Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in May.
The right-handed-hitting Silverio broke through as a 24-year-old in Double-A in 2011, hitting .306/.340/.542 with 16 homers and 85 RBI in 533 at-bats. If not for the accident, he would have been a definite candidate to see time in the Dodger outfield last season with Matt Kemp hurt and left field often unsettled.
Silverio will remain in the Dodgers organization, but it’s unclear when he might resume playing in the minors. That no team claimed Silverio off waivers suggest that he’s still a ways off from getting back on to the field.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.
Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.
Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.