Corey Hart won’t know for sure until Monday, but it’s looking likely that he will be in right field for the Brewers on Opening Day.
Hart, coming back from March 6 surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, played a fifth straight day in Minor League camp on Sunday. He will be examined again on Monday, and if all is well, will take the day off so he can play Cactus League games on Tuesday and Wednesday against the D-backs at Chase Field.
“We wouldn’t do that unless we felt really strongly about him starting the season with us,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “We’ll see how he is when he comes in [Monday], make sure everything is OK.”
If Hart appears in big league Spring Training games, it removes the option of backdating a stint on the 15-day disabled list all the way to March 26. If any red flags present themselves on Monday, the Brewers could continue working Hart on the Minor League side and preserve the right to back-date.
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