Good morning everyone and welcome to the Thursday edition of Brewer Daily News. As each day goes by, Milwaukee Brewers’ first baseman Corey Hart is becoming that much closer to his rehab assignment for his right knee. Secondly, the Brewers (19-32) lost to the Minnesota Twins (22-28) last night.
On Tuesday, Hart made more progress as he started a five-game journey with the team on their road trip. Hart had surgery back in January on his right knee and has been trying to come back from the procedure one step at a time.
“When I started on the field five days ago, it was terrible,” Hart said. “Today was better than yesterday. Every day is progress.” – via Brewers.com
Hart is in a contract year with the Brewers and will be a free-agent after the season if an extension on his current contract is not reached. Today, Hart is eligible to come off of the 60-day disabled list, but will not be back until at least mid-June.
Last night the Brewers’ struggles continued with a 4-1 loss to the Twins. Marco Estrada started for Milwaukee and did all right, but not enough to win as he received his third loss of the season. Estrada pitched seven innings and allowed four runs, seven hits, but struck out five while not issuing a walk. Sam Deduno pitched for Minnesota and did well, pitching seven innings of one-run ball and picking up his first win of 2013. Twins’ closer Glen Perkins acquired his 11th save of the season as well.
The Brewers’ only run came in the 2nd inning when Yuniesky Betancourt hit a ground out to third base that scored Carlos Gomez. The team was limited to five hits, two coming from Gomez, while Rickie Weeks, Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez picked up one hit a piece.
Tonight the Brewers finish up this two-game series in Minnesota with the Twins at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The starters will be Kyle Lohse (1-5, 3.76 ERA) for Milwaukee and P.J. Walters (1-0, 3.00 ERA) for Minnesota.