Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart is expected to miss three-four months of baseball action after announcing Friday that he will have knee surgery. This could not possibly come at a worse time for Hart who is seeking an extension with the Brewers this year. With him missing a considerable amount of time, there is a good chance Milwaukee will not offer him an extension.
Hart also caught the injury bug last season as he missed some time with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Hart was playing in his first season as a first baseman taking over for the departed Prince Fielder. Now, it looks like Mat Gamel will take over the first baseman duties with a slew of possible youngsters behind him.
The next best thing after Gamel at first base is their top first baseman prospect Hunter Morris, who is rated as the No. 14 best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. Morris is coming off a season in the Arizona Fall League in 2012 and spent his summer with Double-A Huntsville batting .303/.357/.563 with 28 home runs. However, Morris may not be big league ready just yet.
Hart has played all of his nine seasons with the Brewers. He has hit 154 home runs and 508 RBI with a .276/.334/.491 slash line. He had his best season in 2010 when he hit 31 home runs and had 120 RBI. Hart also had 30 home runs in 149 games last season for Milwaukee.
He is an integral part of this team and Milwaukee and Ryan Braun will sure miss him for most of the season.