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MLB Injury News:
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Corey Hart continues progressing from knee surgery he underwent in January. The slugger recently traveled with the team, and he told reporters -- including Adam McCalvy of MLB.com -- that he's getting "close" to beginning his minor league rehab assignment.
"I'm pretty close; I just couldn't give you a
day," Hart said. "Every day, [medical staffers] are closer to setting
a day. I think they're waiting for the running stuff to get better."
Hart has recovered to the point where he's been a full participant in batting practice for the past week, and he's also resumed taking ground balls at first base. Where he's not quite up to full speed is running, as he remains limited, especially when it comes to side-to-side agility.
While his knee feels good, Hart admitted that his muscle memory hasn't quite caught up. He said it was "terrible" when he first got on the field a week ago, but he added that it's gotten better since then.
Hart has been a productive player for the Brewers over the past three seasons, hitting a combined .279/.343/.514 over that span. Last year he hit .270/.334/.507 with 35 doubles and 30 home runs over 622 plate appearances.
This will be an important second half of the year for Hart, as he'll want to prove himself healthy and productive since he'll become a free agent following the season. If he's able to do so, he'll likely be one of the most-coveted bats on the open market.
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