Hart to undergo appendectomy
Brewers center fielder Corey Hart was scheduled for an appendectomy on Sunday night at Scripps Hospital in San Diego and will likely miss the rest of August.
Hart played Saturday night after complaining of a stomach ache, then reported abdominal pain to the team’s medical staff after the game. When he complained of the same symptoms Sunday morning, he changed out of his uniform and went to the hospital.
“It stinks for Corey and it stinks for the team,” said shortstop J.J. Hardy, Hart’s closest friend on the team. “He was really starting to swing it.”
Hart was hitting .329 (25-for-76) over his last 22 games.
The Brewers are expected to recall Bill Hall from Triple-A Nashville for Monday’s series opener in Los Angeles, but not before Hall started in right field for the Sounds on Sunday night. Hall is hitting .201 in the Majors this season and had just begun a stint in Nashville on Friday designed to give him an opportunity to get more regular at-bats.
Hall could start in right field for the Brewers on Monday night against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kersaw, manager Ken Macha said. But left-handed hitter Frank Catalanotto, who started in Hart’s place Sunday, figures to see the bulk of starts in Hart’s absence.