Corey Hart Finishes Rehab, Rejoins Brewers Tuesday

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Corey Hart Activated, Erick Almonte Placed On Concussion DL

Earlier, we told you that the Brewers planned on activating outfielder Corey Hart from the disabled list on Wednesday. Well, that was their plan. Then, during pregame batting practice on Tuesday, bench player Erick Almonte was hit in the face by an errant baseball.

Almonte was evidently showing some signs of a concussion, so the Brewers placed him on the league's new seven-day concussion disabled list. And, to replace him, the team has activated Hart a day early. Hart didn't get himself into the starting lineup, with Mark Kotsay playing right field, but Hart should be in there on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Almonte is 3-29 on the year with one long home run. He has filled in at first base and right field. He isn't expected to be out for very long, but with injuries of this potential nature, you can never be sure. Of course, the Brewers would rather have a healthy Hart and an injured Almonte than a healthy Almonte and an injured Hart. Not to sound callous.


Corey Hart Coming Off DL Wednesday

Corey Hart, sidelined since spring training with an oblique injury, has joined the Brewers and will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

Hart just completed a five-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville and went just 2-for-15, but apparently is swinging the bat well enough to help the big club. In his absence, Mark Kotsay has been getting most of the playing time in right field, which has gone about as well as anyone could have expected.

Nyjer Morgan did play well in right field, but he’s on the DL so the Brewers really can use Hart’s talents. They’ve played reasonably well (11-11) thus far, but there’s reason for real optimism once Hart’s back in the lineup and Zack Greinke finally joins the rotation.

After subpar 2008 and ’09 campaigns, Hart bounced back last season with the best season of his career, including 31 home runs and 102 RBI. You know. Mark Kotsay numbers.


Corey Hart Over Injury, Set To Begin Rehab Assignment

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart strained his oblique early in spring, and while it wasn't thought to be a big deal at the time, he wound up missing all of camp. Now, though - finally - it seems Hart is feeling better and is on the verge of a return. Notes Tom Haudricourt:

Brewers RF Corey Hart will begin rehab assignment Tuesday with AAA Nashville.

It's unknown how long Hart will be rehabbing, but it shouldn't be more than a couple weeks. Which means the Brewers will soon welcome the slugger back into their everyday lineup.

A year ago, Hart broke out, batting .283 with 31 home runs and an .865 OPS. In his absence, the Brewers have given extra playing time to guys like Mark Kotsay and Erick Almonte, which has worked out about as well as you'd expect it to. The Brewers are currently ninth in the National League in team OPS, but Hart's return should help them climb much closer to the top.


Corey Hart Oblique Injury Still Not Healed

About a week and a half ago, Brewers outfielder Corey Hart left the field with an oblique injury sustained after making a throw. Initially, Hart was expected to miss about two weeks of action. But here we are now, on March 8th, and the picture still isn't very rosy:

Hart said he's due to see the doctor again today but isn't expecting great news.

"I still get random sharp pains in it when I make certain moves," he said. "It's still a pretty big area that's sore, so they can't really inject one spot (with cortisone). It's very frustrating.

"Every day is Groundhog Day. I get up hoping it'll feel better but it's the same. It's kind of plateaued. What's frustrating is that I was in the best shape of my life and this happened."

An oblique injury doesn't measure up with, say, a torn ligament or a broken wrist, and in the long run Hart should be just fine. But this slow recovery process is casting his Opening Day status in doubt, and while he may still make it back in time for the season opener, there's a question now, where there wasn't a question before.


Corey Hart Has Oblique Strain; Will Miss Two Weeks

Spring Training is all about getting ready for the season. Generally speaking, players won't really mind if they put up bad numbers, as long as they feel prepared and find their timing. The only thing a player really doesn't want to do in Spring Training is get injured. So with that in mind, it's bad news for Brewers outfielder Corey Hart, who's been diagnosed with a strained oblique.

Hart originally felt a tug making a throw from the outfield on Saturday. His foot slipped on some dew and he felt tightness in his ribcage. He immediately left the field and went to the training room in an effort to be proactive and so as not to make anything worse, but while the Brewers originally figured he'd only miss a few days, further examination revealed the extent of the injury, and Hart will be shut down for about two weeks.

It isn't a major injury, and because position players don't need as much time to prepare for the season as pitchers, right now Hart is still on track to be fine by Opening Day. He doesn't have a history of problems with his oblique. However, this is the sort of injury that can linger and flare up if it isn't managed carefully, so Hart will have to be patient. You don't want to hurry back and aggravate this sort of thing, because a worse oblique strain can knock a guy out for quite some time.

The Brewers'll be counting on Hart this year to help them in their playoff push. Hart erupted for 31 home runs a season ago and signed a three-year extension last August.

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