The Milwaukee Brewers will be without Corey Hart for roughly the first three to four months of the 2013 season. It was announced Friday that he will undergo knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee next Tuesday. The replacement for Hart will most likely be Mat Gamel who hit .246 with one home run and six RBI’s in 2012.
As reported by Matt Snyder of CBS Sports, best case scenario he will be out three to four months. This is not the worst kind of knee injury that he could have sustained but it will still be a problem going forward. At the earliest he will be available in late April so that will put a lot of pressure on Mat Gamel to fill the void in the meantime.
Corey Hart had a .270 batting average with 30 home runs and 83 RBI’s in 2012 so this will hurt the Brewers badly until he gets back in the lineup. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel wrote that team physician William Raasch will be doing the procedure and that Hart will be not be able to bare weight on the right leg for 6 weeks.
Not the start that the Brewers were looking for in 2013 after Hart was out for part of 2012 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The Brewers will have a little time to figure something out during spring training, but it will be tough to replace his production in the lineup. This will be an interesting storyline throughout the early part of the season without a doubt.