Corey Hart is going to be sitting around a lot to start the 2013 season after right knee surgery. During this time away, Hart is going to need to do a few things because the Milwaukee Brewers are going to need him more than ever when he returns. Hart has become a star in Milwaukee and the injury may derail the chances for the Brewers from making a playoff run.
Hart has been about as consistent as they get over the last three seasons, averaging 29 home runs for Milwaukee while manning right field most of the time. Hart played a lot of first base last season as well and that’s where I think Milwaukee is going to put him a lot right as the beginning of his return. I wouldn’t be shocked if Hart still hits 20 home runs in just over 100 games because he has proved he is in the prime of his career even at he enters his 30s.
Milwaukee will be hard-pressed to score a ton of runs with Hart out and it is going to be up to Hart, who is in the final year of his contract to guarantee himself a huge payday by coming back stronger than ever. The Brewers don’t have a ton of offense right now in my opinion and will need to depend on their pitching staff to carry the team for the first two months of the season with Hart out. Hopefully Hart can return by the end of May for his own sake and for the Brewers, who could still be a .500 team after Hart comes back.