Results tagged ‘ Corey Hart ’

Still no Hart in Brewers lineup

Before Sunday’s game, All-Star right fielder Corey Hart said he could play, but would sit one more game before returning to the Brewers lineup after Monday’s off-day. On Tuesday, Hart remained out of the lineup, resting his right hamstring.

In Hart’s place, manager Ken Macha started speedy Carlos Gomez, who was recently activated from the disabled list. Aside from Gomez in right, the lineup is business as usual for the series opener against the Dodgers.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Escobar  SS
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee 3B
Cain  CF
Gomez RF
Lucroy  C
Bush  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Still no Hart; Counsell plays No. 1,500

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. 

Corey Hart will sit out for the second straight day to rest his tight right hamstring, an ailment that sent him to the showers early on Friday night. Hart and the Brewers have called his absence precautionary, and giving him another day Sunday affords Hart a nice, long break, since the Brewers have an off-day Monday. 
Craig Counsell is in the lineup at shortstop and will play the 1,500th game of a fine Major League career that spans 15 seasons and includes two Wold Series wins. He turned 40 on Saturday. 
Perhaps Manny Parra will celebrate the occasion by finding his way through the sixth inning. He has yet to pitch more than six innings this season, and has pitched five, 5 1/3 or 5 2/3 innings in nine of his last 10 starts. Considering the bullpen has been used up in the first two games of the series, Parra would do everybody a favor by pitching deep into the game today.
Here’s the full lineup:

Rickie Weeks  2B

Craig Counsell  SS
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Lorenzo Cain  CF
Chris Dickerson  RF
Jonathan Lucroy  C
Manny Parra  LHP
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Hart sitting out for precautionary reasons

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.

Hart remains out of Brewers lineup

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.

In his place, was recently-acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson. With Hart missing from the No. 2 hole, manager Ken Macha opted to go with rookie shortstop Alcides Escobar batting behind leadoff hitter Rickie Weeks.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks 2B
Escobar  SS
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee  3B
Cain  CF
Dickerson  RF
Lucroy  C
Narveson  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Hart back, Fielder plays 300th straight

Ryan Braun remains sidelined with a strained left wrist, but fellow All-Star right fielder Corey Hart is back in the Brewers lineup Wednesday after sitting out two games with a stiff lower back. 

The Brewers need to win the final two games of this four-game series to avoid their first series loss to the D-backs since July 14-16, 2006, when they dropped two of three at Chase Field. The Brewers haven’t lost a home series to Arizona since Sept. 19-21, 2003, when they also dropped two of three.
Oh, and Prince Fielder is playing in his 300th consecutive game tonight. Considering all of the  hit by pitches and the myriad of ways we’ve seen other players banged up, it’s an impressive streak of durability.
Rickie Weeks  2B
Lorenzo Cain  LF
Corey Hart  RF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Chris Dickerson  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
Jonathan Lucroy  C
Dave Bush  RHP
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Brewers extend All-Star Hart through 2013

So much for the summer trade chatter surrounding Brewers outfielder Corey Hart. He’s not going anywhere.

 

Hart’s memorable season paid off Monday when he signed a three-year contract extension with the Brewers that covers 2011-2013, which would have been his final year of arbitration-eligibility and his first two years of free agency. The deal takes Hart, 28, through his age 31 season.

The Brewers did not announce any financial terms.

The extension might not have been fathomable as recently as April, when Hart was coming off an awful Spring Training and was left out of the Brewers’ Opening Day lineup and off the All-Star ballot. He was already under the microscope after winning a $4.8 million salary in arbitration, the first player to take the Brewers all the way to a hearing since 1998.

So Hart went to work.

“I’m anxious to go out there and prove to everybody that I’m worth it,” he said in Spring Training. “I told Doug [Melvin, the Brewers’ general manager] and Gord [Ash, the assistant GM] that I want to go out and prove to them that I’m a guy who could get a long-term deal.

“I love Milwaukee, my family loves it and we want to stay. The fan base has been really good to me, and the ones who are mad, hopefully I can win them back over.”

Mission accomplished. Hart made the 2010 All-Star team via the players’ ballot and ended up starting for the National League in place of injured Braves rookie Jason Heyward.

Through Sunday’s loss in Houston, Hart is batting .288 with 23 home runs and 72 RBIs. His two-run homer in the sixth inning on Sunday snapped Milwaukee’s 28-inning scoreless streak

“I am so happy that all his hard work has paid off,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said when Hart was named an All-Star. “And he continues to work hard.”

With Hart, the Brewers have four players signed past the end of next season. Left-hander Randy Wolf’s three-year contract runs through 2012 and includes a club option for 2013. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo signed an extension earlier this season that runs through 2014 and includes a 2015 club option. And left fielder Ryan Braun is already three years into an eight-year deal through 2015.

Braun is with the same Creative Artists Agency as Hart, but the Brewers had never exactly cruised through negotiations with Hart’s primary agent, Jeff Berry. In 2008, Hart’s final pre-arbitration season, the sides were unable to reach a compromise and the Brewers renewed Hart’s contract for $444,000. In 2009, after initial talks about an extension didn’t progress, the sides didn’t strike a deal until the eve of a scheduled arbitration hearing. Earlier this year, the sides went all the way to a hearing.

Hart is the longest continuously-tenured member in the Brewers’ organization. He was selected in the 11th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, a lanky kid out of Bowling Green, Ky. who always seemed overshadowed by Minor League teammates with higher prospect status. Yet while Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder and J.J. Hardy got most of the press, Hart collected most of the hardware, including the Southern League MVP Award in 2003.

When Hart debuted in the Majors in 2004, the first of that wave of prospects to make it, Brewers fans were so starved to see a winner that they gave Hart a standing ovation at Miller Park before and after a pinch-hit strikeout.

By the end of 2006, Hart was a regular in Milwaukee’s outfield. He had at least 20 home runs, 80 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in both 2007 and 2008 before taking a step back in 2009.

Hart’s hot start in 2010 made him a favorite of the rumor mill ahead of Saturday’s nonwaiver Trade Deadline. He said all along that he preferred to stay.

“I would be disappointed to be traded away from the Brewers, because this is the only team I know,” Hart said last month. “I would like to stick it out here and help to turn things around.”

He’s going to get his chance.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Still no Hart in Brewers lineup

Corey Hart remains sidelined by a wrist injury as the Brewers begin a key, three-game series against the Reds at Miller Park. If the Brewers really harbor hopes this season, they’ll have to absolutely dominate their remaining games against Cincinnati and St. Louis. 

We’ll get an update on Hart’s condition in a few minutes and will pass it along.
Here’s the lineup:
Rickie Weeks  2B
Alcides Escobar  SS
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
George Kottaras  C
Carlos Gomez  CF
Joe Inglett  RF
Randy Wolf  LHP
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Hart out of lineup; Edmonds, Inglett in

With All-Star right fielder Corey Hart sporting a protective wrap on his right wrist after injuring it last night on a long foul ball in the third inning, Brewers manager Ken Macha has Joe Inglett starting in right field for Saturday’s contest against the Nationals.
Alongside Inglett will be veteran Jim Edmonds in center field. Additionally, catcher Jonathan Lucroy is in to start, despite left-handed starter Manny Parra being on the mound. Recently, George Kottaras had gotten the start behind the plate with Parra on the mound.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:

Weeks  2B

Inglett  RF
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee  3B
Edmonds  CF
Escobar  SS
Lucroy  C
Parra  LHP
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Hart leaves with wrist injury, X-rays negative

MILWAUKEE — Corey Hart’s trade value may have taken a hit on Friday when the Brewers right fielder injured his right wrist attempting to catch a fly ball in the third inning.

 

As Nationals second baseman Cristian Guzman drove a ball deep to right, Hart tracked it toward the right field line and crashed into the wall as he attempted to catch the eventual foul ball.

Hart stayed in the game and finished out the top half of the inning, but was removed in favor of veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds, who pinch-hit for Hart in the third.

Brewers officials confirmed that Hart underwent X-rays on his right wrist after leaving the game, which came up negative. Hart will have an MRI on his wrist Saturday.

With Hart being the subject of a number of trade rumors this month, the wrist injury could not have come at a more inconvenient time for the club.

Obviously, any injury or significant time missed by Hart complicates any trade discussions involving Hart.

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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Hart, Guerrero have Derby plan

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When Corey Hart steps into the batter’s box in tonight’s State Farm Home Run Derby, he won’t just be hacking. 
“There is definitely a strategy,” said Sandy Guerrero, the longtime Brewers coach who will serve as Hart’s pitcher tonight. Guerrero helped Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder win the event in St. Louis last year. 
“You really want to make it to the second round and be strong, right?” Guerrero said. “To make it to the second round, you have to conserve energy. So we’re going to try to hit a ball, take a couple of pitches, hit a ball, take a couple more pitches. Keep your timing. Maintain your energy. 
“You see a lot of the big guys in the Derby come in and hit 12 in the first round and then one in the second. That doesn’t get you far. We’re not saving bullets. We’re just not swinging at all the pitches.
“The other thing is, don’t swing too hard. Control yourself. You don’t get any points for hitting the ball 450 feet. I’d rather have him hit the ball off the top of the fence and have the wind blow it over. Those count the same.”
Guerrero and Hart go way back to 2003, when Guerrero was the hitting coach at Double-A Huntsville and Hart was the Southern League’s MVP. 
Fielder tabbed Guerrero last year and edged Rangers’ outfielder Nelson Cruz for the Home Run Derby crown. Fielder hit 11 homers in the first round, six in the second and six more in the finals. 
Did Fielder offer any special gifts to Guerrero for helping him win?
“A lot of people ask me that, and the answer is no,” Guerrero said. “Just for him to give me the opportunity to be on the mound at the All-Star Game, that was enough. A lot of people won’t understand that, but it is really an honor to be invited by one of the players to be around the best players in the game.”
Guerrero played in the Minor Leagues for the Blue Jays and Brewers. His father, Epy, is a legendary scout who spent time on the Jays’ coaching staff in the 1980s. Sandy Guerrero said he remembered attending the 1987 All-Star Game in Oakland with his dad. 
“To be here with Corey and [Ryan Braun], guys who I have known for a long time, this is unbelievable,” Guerrero said. “For guys like me — I’ve been around baseball all my life with my dad — this is a feeling I can’t really describe.”
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