Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Corey Hart could be ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation process depending on an MRI.
Hart experienced swelling in his right knee during the off-season and was required to undergo surgery to repair it. He was projected to return to the lineup sometime in May, but Hart is optimistic that he will be able to get back on the field in April because of his ability to rehab quicker than the time table doctors usually give him.
The 30-year-old will have an MRI done on his surgically-repaired knee on Friday to see how well it has healed. If all goes well, Hart will be able to increase his work load and inch closer to beginning baseball activities, even though that will still be three to four weeks away.
The Brewers offense is expected to take a major hit with Hart out of the lineup for the first month or so because he has been one of the top producers on the team over the past few years. Not to mention, backup first baseman Mat Gamel suffered a second consecutive ACL injury and is once again done for the season. Gamel was going to take Hart’s spot in the lineup and many in the organization believed he could handle the offensive load considering what he has been able to accomplish in the minors.
Milwaukee currently has open tryouts for first base and recently re-signed shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who they believe could be the starter after what he has shown in Spring Training. Regardless of who takes over, no one is going to be able to replace Hart offensively or defensively.