Explaining Silverio ...

Spent a few minutes with Stan Conte to get the whole story on Alfredo Silverio. He won't be on the field at all during spring training. They are sending him next week to a place here in the Phoenix area that specializes in concussions. They want to get him started on a light throwing program, but they can't do that until the concussion has completely healed.

Stan emphasized that the concussion is "much, much, much improved'' since the accident, after which the Dodgers immediately brought Silverio back from the Dominican so they could oversee his rehab.

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.

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, 23, is from Granada Hills and played at Loyola Marymount.