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Milwaukee Brewers’ Woes Continue: Corey Hart Lost for the Year

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In 2013, the Milwaukee Brewers cannot seem to catch a break no matter how hard they try.  When the starting pitching is good, the offense is bad.  When the offense is good, the starting pitching is bad.  And sometimes, when both the offense and starting pitching are good, the defense is so horrid that it wipes out all of the team’s gains.

This is why I was looking forward to the return of Brewers first baseman/right fielder Corey Hart so much.  Hart plays good defense, hits well (and for power, too), is a two-time All-Star, and plays good, solid fundamental baseball.

Now, if you’ve read any of my previous blogs about the Milwaukee Brewers and their dreadful 2013 season, you know that one of the things that’s irked me about the 2013 Brewers is the lack of fundamental baseball instincts by most of the players on the club.  When someone needs to hit to the right side to advance a runner from second to third, he invariably hits to the left side and a double play somehow ensues.  When someone needs to hit a long, fly ball to drive in a run (a sacrifice fly), that’s when a little squib hit comes about that once again seems to always turn into a double play.

And, of course, this is the season where runners have been thrown out trying to take extra bases at least seven times, with the offenders being the best and healthiest players on the club to date: Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura, and Nori Aoki.  (Before anyone pinches a fit, yes, I know full well that Ryan Braun is by far the best player on this team, but he is on the disabled list right now.  Plus, I haven’t noticed him running into outs on the bases, though the year is young.)

At any rate, Hart hits well, plays a good and solid first base, knows his fundamentals cold, and is known as a “good team guy” for whatever that’s worth.  (Some years, you don’t necessarily need a good team guy.  But this year, I’d say the Brewers needs as many of them as they can find.  But I digress.)  So it was a big blow when, before the start of Thursday’s game, the Brewers announced that Corey Hart’s left knee — his non-surgically repaired knee — had also become injured and needed surgery, which means Hart will not play at all during 2013.  The best guess as to why Hart was injured was due to the rehabilitation process he’d been enduring to get his right knee up to snuff.

Now, I’m no doctor, but I have had to rehab injuries before — most recently, I had cortisone shots given to me in both the left wrist and the right wrist in order to alleviate my carpal tunnel syndrome during consecutive weeks, to perhaps play my instruments a little better (and with less pain, to boot).  While waiting for the left wrist to heal, I strained the right wrist . . . while waiting for the right wrist to heal, my left wrist had to take more weight and did more, so it hurt more, though I seem to have avoided an actual strain.

This is what probably happened to Corey Hart, too.  While trying to get his right knee up to speed so he could play baseball well enough to get onto the field, he somehow strained his left knee.  Because the right knee hurt so much — this is my best guess, mind — he didn’t really know that the left knee was hurting, or maybe he figured he’d strained it but there was nothing to be done.

Obviously, Hart didn’t know that he’d injured the left knee, too, during his rehab, until the team doctor recently told him.  Then Hart went to consult with the team doctor for the Los Angeles Angels, who agreed with the Brewers’ team doctor’s assessment.

This was the worst thing that could happen to Hart at this stage of his career, as he was due to become a free agent at the end of this season.  Now, he’ll have to prove that he’s healthy enough to play next year before anyone signs him, and he’ll most likely make a far lesser amount than he would’ve if the left knee hadn’t given out as well.

And it also hurts Brewers fans, because we have so little to cheer for in the first place that many of us, myself included, were avidly looking forward to Hart’s return.

At any rate, the important thing now for Hart is to realize that he needs to get healthy.  If he has to stay out of baseball for a year in order to do it — and I don’t mean just the rest of this year, but all of next year, too — he should do it.  Only when he’s fully healthy should he attempt a comeback . . . but whatever team he plays for, whether it’s the Brewers or not, I know one thing:

I’ll be rooting for him.

Written by Barb Caffrey

June 29, 2013 at 7:14 pm

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  1. […] drugs. And the constantly rotating cast of characters over at first base due to Corey Hart’s double-knee surgery woes didn’t exactly help, […]

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