Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Corey Hart had successful right knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
It was announced Monday Hart will miss the rest of spring training and the start of the season with a right knee injury. It will be the second consecutive year Hart will start the season on the disabled list. It should take approximately four weeks to heal which means he will not be ready when the Brewers open the season up against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park on April 6.
It is unfortunate for the Brewers because they wanted to give Hart time at first base in spring training in case call-up Mat Gamel does not pan out in replacing Prince Fielder. Manager Ron Roenicke has stated he will still be giving players opportunities at first so that he will have multiple options once the season starts if something were to go wrong.
Taylor Green and Brooks Conrad, two players fighting for spots on the 25-man roster, will be given time at first over the next few weeks. Also, Travis Ishikawa is another possibility to play the position and has emerged as quite the hitter after homering against the San Francisco Giants Monday night after he replaced Gamel in the lineup. Ishikawa mostly has experience playing in the outfield as he did for the Giants so he will also see time out there during spring training.
“It’s not something that we’re saying, ‘You’re a first baseman and we’re going to experiment with you in the outfield; [Ishikawa's] played the outfield,” Roenicke said. “So he’ll play the outfield.”
There is no doubt the Brewers have several talented players that can play different positions which will make things interesting once it is time to start making cuts.