Hart heading out for rehab

Wednesday marked the one-month anniversary of Corey Hart’s appendectomy, but the Brewers right fielder didn’t expect to remain sidelined much longer.

Hart took part in batting, fielding and baserunning drills on Wednesday at Busch Stadium and was cleared to head out for a four-game Minor League rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Nashville. Hart will travel to New Orleans on Thursday to join the team before playing in a four-game series that starts Friday. Hart said he expected to play three or four innings in the series opener before working up to full strength.

“It will be nice to get out and see some live pitching again,” Hart said.

Reliever Seth McClung (elbow) also made more progress on Wednesday when he mixed some curveballs and two-seam fastballs into a 45-pitch bullpen session. McClung will throw one or two more such sessions before graduating to live batting practice against Brewers hitters as early as next week. He still hopes to pitch before the end of the season, though manager Ken Macha made it clear that the team will be cautious with McClung.

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