Milwaukee Brewers slugger Corey Hart expected to return by the end of May but now may miss the rest of the regular season after repeated delays in his recovery from a right knee operation.
“Our timetable was off, so now we’re taking it day by day,” a dejected Hart said Sunday. “They definitely overshot and it gave me optimism and hope. At the same time, it wasn’t realistic. So, I’m just trying to grind it out and see what happens.
“It’s definitely gotten better, but their timetable just never happened. They would say one thing and it never happened. I can do everything; I just can’t do everything as good as I need to. I don’t have the strength in it I need.”
It was expected that after Hart missed his late May return time and the imposed early June timeline of the Brewers, that Hart would eventually be ready by the Major League All-Star break but that too apparently will not happen. Not only will that not happen, but there’s chatter about Hart being shut down for the rest of the season:
Hart’s possible return after the all-star break became unlikely when he suffered setbacks in recent workouts. At this point, it’s not completely out of the question that he will miss the entire season, though nobody is ready to say that yet.
“I don’t think that will happen but there’s always that chance,” said manager Ron Roenicke. “There’s no way to know. The setbacks are really difficult when you’re at this length of time.