Corey Hart took his time and went for a second opinion, but the knee surgery
he was planning for this past Tuesday proved inevitable. Tom Haudricourt
of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports that Hart, 30, underwent
arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday morning.
Team physician William Raasch performed the surgery, but only after specialist
Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo.,
examined the Brewers right-handed slugger.
As per Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash, "Everything went smoothly. Dr.
Raasch didn't find anything unexpected. He was pleased with how it went. In the
procedure, Raasch debrided the right knee joint surface and repaired a small
Ash continued by saying, "Now, the important component is the rehab
period. Corey has proved in the past to be a good rehab patient."
Hart has been a fast healer in the past, but still Milwaukee
is looking at late May for the Bowling
"Pretty close to it," Ash said. "For planning purposes,
that's what we're going with."
Hart is entering the final year of his contract, which is due to pay him $10
million for the season. He moved from right field to playing primarily at
first base in 2012, following the departure of Prince Fielder from Milwaukee. Corey
boasts an .824 OPS. The Brewers will hope that Mat Gamel, who has had
repeated cups of coffee since 2008, is ready to fill in productively until
Harts' return. Interestingly, the team’s official website lists no one behind
Hart on their depth-chart.
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