Milwaukee Brewers Need Corey Hart In Lineup Despite Injury
First baseman Corey Hart sat out Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves with a foot injury that he suffered Sunday afternoon while facing the St. Louis Cardinals. The Milwaukee Brewers cannot afford Hart to miss any more time with the left foot injury as they are currently in the midst of a playoff run.
Hart suffered the injury in the fourth inning when he stopped and turned abruptly to go back to second base. The way he planted his foot and pushed off is what caused the pain in the arch of his foot. Hart explained that he did not do anything more than simply turning around to walk back but the pain was so severe it felt he had been shot in the foot.
“Hopefully, it’s nothing,” Hart said. “The best case, they can give me a [cortisone] shot in the foot and I can play a couple of days later.”
It is unknown how long Hart will be out of the lineup, as it appears he will be day to day for now. Unfortunately, Milwaukee needs him ready to play for every one of their last 21 games if they want to make a serious run at a Wild Card berth.
Hart plays a critical role in the in the batting order where he provides valuable protection for sluggers Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez. Not to mention, he is batting .351 with 20 RBIs over his last 20 games. Hart is playing a huge role for one of the top offenses in the National League and without him it will be hard to sustain the production.
Even with Rickie Weeks playing a lot better the last 12 games, he still cannot match what Hart has been able to do. Weeks has recorded 18 hits, four home runs, and seven RBIs over that span. However, he is 0-for-7 in the last two games. Weeks will bat fifth in the order until Hart returns.
The Brewers are in crunch time and cannot afford to lose another game, especially to teams ahead of them in the Wild Card standings. Milwaukee needs to be at full strength if they want to make the playoff push become a reality, which means getting Hart healthy enough so he can line up at first base.