Corey Hart: Spring Training Gets Worse With Stitches

By Michael Terrill

Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Corey Hart has already having a bad spring after tearing cartilage in his right knee a couple weeks ago. He had to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage, but he received good news recently that he is way ahead of schedule in his recovery process.

Things were looking good for Hart until a weightlifting bar reportedly hit him in the head on Tuesday causing him to get eight stitches. He was using an elastic band that was attached to the bar to work out with. The bar fell off the rack and hit him directly on his head. Thank goodness there was no serious damage and he is still set to continue his recovery as he was seen at the ballpark on Wednesday.

“I’m going to start coming in around my birthday,” said Hart, who turns 30 on Saturday, according to “Spend the first three weeks relaxing, instead of trying to get hurt again.”

Hart has had a couple of bad spring trainings in which he either did not play well or suffered some sort of injury that caused him to miss significant time. In 2010, he had one of the worst springs of his career batting .172. Then manager Ken Macha was forced to keep him out of the Opening Day lineup due to his slump. Last season he suffered a strained rib-cage muscle and missed all of spring training which delayed the beginning of the regular season.

The good news is Hart is recovering at a solid pace and even said he could play in the games this weekend. Whether the Brewers actually allow him to do that is a different story.

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