Tom Haudricourt, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, first reported that Corey Hart will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and miss at least 3-4 weeks. Hart, the Brewers starting right fielder and former All-star, was a late scratch from this afternoons game. Corey was scratched initially due to swelling some swelling in his right knee, but then we heard that the team was going to take him in for an MRI. Not long after that, it was anounced that he will most likely miss all of Spring Training and start the season on the DL.
The good news is that it is not something more serious, and that it happened now. I would rather have a guy like that miss time in ST, rather than miss that time during the season. This will certainly make the outfield competition more interesting to watch.
Carlos Gomez started in center, Braun in left, with Nyjer Morgan moving over to right field today. That would most likely be the way Ron Roenicke would roll out the lineup on Opening Day, since Hart won’t be ready. This will give Aoki and Caleb Gindl more opportunities to get major playing time, but I would rather have Hart healthy. This is a rough way to start the season…but it gets better.
I will provide more details on his procedure as they become available.
Rickie Weeks was also a late scratch from the lineup as well. Not sure whether it is just some shoulder pain, or tendinitis, but the guy didn’t play. Now we all know that Weeks is a true “Iron Man”…I’m sorry did I say “Iron Man”, I meant “Tin Man”. I guess it wouldn’t be a Brewers season without Rickie getting hurt, so it’s probably good that he gets a few injuries out of the way as soon as possible. The fact remains, he was scratched for injury and we are only on game one.
Let’s just hope this is not a sign of things to come. Off to a bad start.