Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 3/7/12
PHOENIX Corey Hart was back in the clubhouse Wednesday morning at Maryvale Baseball Park, on crutches following surgery a day prior to repair his torn right meniscus. News that he would need surgery was disappointing for Hart, who also missed almost all of spring training a year ago with an oblique injury, but after undergoing the procedure and learning the severity of the injury, Hart called it a blessing. "There were three tears and two pieces that broke off and were stuck in the knee," Hart said. "There was a lot more (damage) than they thought." Doctors told him he probably could have kept playing with the injury but likely would have blown out his knee down the road. "(The surgery) was a blessing," Hart said. Hart will take a few days to heal from the surgery and let the swelling in his knee subside before beginning a rehabilitation program expected to last between 3-4 weeks. He is still hopeful he'll be able to avoid the disabled list and be ready to go when the Brewers open the regular season April 6 against St. Louis at Miller Park. Should he recover within the original time frame, Hart thinks he could get the 30-35 at-bats he feels he'd need to be ready by playing a week of games on the minor league side of Brewers camp. Hart, 29, hit .285 with 26 home runs and 63 RBI in 130 games last season. Over his last 62 starts, Hart hit .301 (77-for-256) with 15 home runs and 36 RBI. Follow Andrew Wagner on Twitter.
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