Brewers want Hart baseball-ready

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said this morning that all indications point to Corey Hart being physically ready for Opening Day.

Will Hart be in Milwaukee’s Opening Day lineup? That’s a separate issue.

“What it comes down to is, if he stays on this pace, physically, he will be ready to go Opening Day,” Roenicke said. “But, baseball-wise, I don’t know if he will be [ready]. We’re trying to figure about how many games that we think he’s going to need.”

The Brewers may err on the side of caution considering Hart’s experience last year, when he missed all of Spring Training with a rib-cage issue and returned after limited preparatory at-bats when another outfielder, Nyjer Morgan, was sidelined. Still finding his stroke, Hart batted .235 with one RBI in his first 15 games. He hit .290 with 26 home runs and 62 RBIs in the 115 games that followed.

If Hart misses Opening Day, the Brewers expect him to be ready shortly thereafter. Clubs can backdate a season-opening stint on the 15-day disabled list to March 26. In that scenario, Hart could be active as early as April 10, the Brewers’ fifth regular season game.

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