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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.