May 12, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta (60) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Brewer Daily News for May 13th: Hart progressing, Brewers swept again

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Good morning everyone and welcome to the Monday edition of Brewer Daily News. First baseman Corey Hart is still rehabbing his right knee after having surgery back in January and is eyeing a return within the next month. Secondly, the Milwaukee Brewers (15-20) got swept the Cincinnati Reds (22-16) yesterday afternoon.

Corey Hart hopes to be back by the end of this month. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Hart has been making progress since his surgery, however it’s coming all too slow for the first baseman. This season marks a contract year for Hart who will be a free agent at the end of the season if the Brewers do not decide to extend his contract.

“I haven’t had any setbacks since we started, and hopefully my leg keeps progressing,” Hart said. I’m getting to the point where I have to start doing more, and right now, the strength still isn’t where I want it to be.” – via Brewers.com

Last season, Hart hit .270/.334/.507 with 30 home runs, 83 RBIs and had an OPS of .841. In his absence, Yuniesky Betancourt is playing first base with Blake Lalli and Alex Gonzalez as the back-ups. It’s unknown whether or not Hart will come off of the disabled list once he’s eligible on May 30th.

Yesterday, the Brewers lost 5-1 to the Reds. Wily Peralta started for the Brewers and did a decent job, but ultimately received his third loss of the season. Peralta pitched six innings and gave up four runs (three earned), five hits, two walks and struck out three. Mike Fiers pitched two innings of relief and gave up one run, a solo homer to Xavier Paul, and struck out one.

The Brewers’ only run came in the 8th inning when Alex Gonzalez scored on a passed ball by Reds’ catcher Ryan Hanigan. Jean Segura and Betancourt both had two hits a piece whereas Ryan Braun and Norichika Aoki went 0-for-4. Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez were given the day off.

Today the Brewers head to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in a four game series at 7:05 p.m. ET / 6:05 p.m. CT. The starters will be Marco Estrada for Milwaukee and A.J. Burnett for Pittsburgh.

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