Just 13 days after undergoing surgery to repair torn meniscus in his right knee, Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Corey Hart took batting practice Monday in Arizona.
Hart, a two-time All-Star, was expected to miss three to four weeks after the March 6 surgery, and his status for opening day had been in question. But he seems to be recovering on schedule if not ahead of it.
"Big step, yeah," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He got three rounds (of batting practice) today, so that's really good. I'm surprised by how fast he's coming along. He's not even two weeks post-op."
Hart's progress while playing in minor league games starting this weekend will determine how quickly he can return to the Brewers' lineup.
"We'll see how the B.P.s go (first)," Roenicke said. "If he's sore the next day at all, I'm sure he'll have to sit it out. But if he's not sore he can continue to hit every day, and it shouldn't take long."
Cutdown day: On Sunday, the Brewers optioned six players to Class AAA Nash...