Weeks, Hart scratched from Cactus opener

The Brewers revealed a double dose of bad news about 15 minutes before their Spring Training opener on Sunday, when second baseman Rickie Weeks and right fielder Corey Hart were both scratched with injuries, Hart’s a potentially troubling one.

Hart has swelling in his right knee related to the meniscus, and was sent for an MRI scan after seeing head team physician William Raasch. The Brewers were waiting for results when Randy Wolf threw the first pitch of the Cactus League season at Maryvale Baseball Park.

“Corey is more concerning,” Ash said. “He’s had a history of meniscus issues, but it’s never been to this level.”

There were three possibilities, including that Hart could play with the damaged meniscus like infielder Craig Counsell did successfully in 2009. If Hart needs surgery, there were two levels, one that would sideline him for 2-4 weeks and another, more invasive procedure that would send Hart to the disabled list to start the season.

Weeks’ setback is far less concerning, a stiff throwing shoulder that has been bothering him for some time. Weeks intended to play Sunday, but decided to take a more cautious approach following morning throwing drills.

“Nothing big,” Ash said. “We don’t expect him to miss any kind of considerable time. It is, in reality, a day to day deal.”

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke also said that pitcher Mark Rogers strained his left hamstring backing up home plate in Saturday’s intrasquad game. Ash characterized the injury as minor, but Rogers will not participate in camp for at least two days.


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