The Milwaukee Brewers' Corey Hart has been placed on the 60-day disabled list. (Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Corey Hart has been moved to the 60-day disabled list after undergoing knee surgery in January. The news comes as a setback for the two-time All-Star, who was initially placed on the 15-day DL but is now looking at a return no earlier than May 30.
According to a report from Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Hart had indicated during spring training that he would be back sooner than expected but in the latest injury report, he was more vocal about his return being closer to June. Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said Hart is making slow but steady progress and the move to the 60-day DL is something the team didn't consider at first but it became apparent that they had to:
"Given what he is saying now about his recovery, [the 60-day DL] seems to be more appropriate. I talked to him [on Monday], and he concurs that's a reasonable timeframe, which is what the doctors said all along. The doctor indicated he felt [Hart would be ready at] the end of May, and now Corey is saying the same thing. We didn't want to make that move initially, just in case, but obviously now we have to."
Hart, 31, has played his entire career in Milwaukee and batted .270 with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs last season for the Brewers.