The Brewers released right-hander David Riske on Monday and plan to make a corresponding roster move on Tuesday before the opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers. If outfielder Carlos Gomez passes his concussion tests, he could be part of that corresponding move.
The Brewers will aim for a three-game sweep of the first-place Padres on Sunday, without their All-Star right fielder in the lineup but with a shortstop playing a milestone game.
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MILWAUKEE — He hasn’t spent a day on the disabled list this season, but the minor injuries continue to pile up for Corey Hart. If it’s not his hand, it’s his back. If not his back, his leg.
Hart added to that list of injuries Friday night, leaving the game for precautionary reasons with tightness in his right hamstring. On Saturday, the hamstring kept Hart out of the Brewers starting lineup.
“It’s one of those things that I think we’re just kind of nervous to play and go out there and make it really bad and miss a lot of time instead of taking it easy for a few days,” Hart said. “I think it’s trying to play cautious and that way I don’t push it and miss more time than I need to.”
Hart, who had missed time earlier this month with back stiffness, did not think the two injuries were related.
He speculated the hamstring tightness may have occurred on his first-inning triple to right field. Eventually, he realized the issue was significant enough to come out of the ballgame in the eighth inning.
“I felt something kind of pull,” Hart said. “It just gradually kept getting tighter. After I went first-to-third on [Ryan Braun’s sixth-inning single], I came in right away and I was trying to wrap it up, trying to get away from it stiffening up on me.”
A few more inches on his triple, and Hart’s hamstring may never have become an issue. Hart’s ball hit high off the wall in right field, narrowly missing a home run.
Now, it’s another waiting game for Hart, something he’s grown accustomed to this season.
“It’s crazy, one after another,” Hart said. “My thumb was like five days, my back was a couple. It’s tough. I could go out there and try to play today, but if I do it, I might end up making it really bad and missing two or three weeks instead of a couple days.”
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com.
MILWAUKEE — Following the results of another MRI on his right shoulder Friday, veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins has opted for arthroscopic surgery to repair his rotator cuff and labrum.
Hawkins, 37, will leave the team Sunday to fly home and spend some time with his family before flying Wednesday to Los Angeles, where he will have Dr. Lewis Yocum perform the scope on his shoulder.
“It’s scope, but he said if he sees anything else, he’s got to fix it,” Hawkins said. “We’re praying and anticipating he won’t have to do anything else but just clean up. When I wake up on Friday, I’ll know exactly what he had to do.”
The recovery process for Hawkins will vary depending on whether the arthroscopic procedure is sufficient in repairing the “fraying” on his rotator cuff and labrum. If it is just a scope, Hawkins said he could be throwing again before Thanksgiving.
“If he has to put a stitch in there or something,” Hawkins said, “it’ll be a lot longer.”
Hawkins, 37, has struggled with shoulder issues all season, which has kept him on the disabled list for much of the season. The first indication of injury came in Spring Training, when Hawkins reported tightness in his shoulder after pitching on March 11.
That issue seemed to have resolved itself shortly thereafter, as Hawkins was lights out through his first four appearances of the regular season. Hawkins was tagged for seven runs on six hits in his next two outings before giving up just one run in his next six appearances.
Finally, after giving up a walk-off grand slam to Andre Ethier in one-third inning of work at Dodger Stadium on May 6, the Brewers sent Hawkins to the disabled list with right shoulder weakness.
Hawkins remained on the DL until pitching again on July 30 in Houston. He pitched five times after his return, including an ugly, one-third inning, three-run, four-hit outing in Chicago as the Brewers lost, 15-3, to the Cubs.
“I threw that pitch in Spring Training, I felt tight,” Hawkins said. “Then I recovered again and I threw the ball well, and then [went on the DL]. Just like I recovered this time. It breaks back down again.”
Hawkins said he planned to rehab initially in Dallas, where he said the Brewers had a “guy they work with in Dallas that’s going to work with me.” After working in Dallas, he planned to be back in September, to spend time with the club and let trainer Roger Caplinger look at the progress on his right shoulder.
Regardless of the length of recovery, Hawkins now has his eyes set on pitching in 2011 the way he was expected to this season when he signed with the Brewers.
“If we get it right and I can be back next year and pitch the way I’m accustomed to pitching — being out there and being able to be used once every three days, that’s not what they signed me for,” Hawkins said. “They signed me to pitch the way I’ve been able to pitch, three out of four days, five out of seven. I just haven’t been able to do that.”
— Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
After leaving the game for precautionary reasons on Friday night with a tight right hamstring, All-Star right fielder Corey Hart remained out of the lineup Saturday for the Brewers.
The Brewers asked me to help spread the word that their final summer block party is on as scheduled today at Ellsworth Park in Bayside. For all of the details, check out the main block party page of Brewers.com.
Nothing out of the ordinary in the Brewers lineup Friday night as they open a three-game series with the Padres.