First base is wide open…Brewer’s 30 year old first baseman Cory Hart will have surgery today (1-22-13), and miss Opening Day again!
Hart was experiencing some pain in his right knee during work outs last week, as it turns out he’ll need arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, for a debridement of his knee-joint and to repair a meniscal tear.
According to the doctor the meniscal tear will require rehab, but the biggest hurdle will be recovering from the debridement. Debridement, is the removal of cut, dead, or contaminated tissue. Hart will not be able to put weight on his right knee for 6 weeks.
The total recovery time including some rehab action in the minors will probably keep Hart out of the Brewers line-up for the first couple months of the 2013 season.
That opens the door for Mat Gamel (again), giving him a chance to prove himself at the Major League level. Gamel, 27, suffered a season ending knee injury of his own last May.
In just 21 games last year Gamel produced only one home run, and batted .246, while playing first base. The ironic thing about it is that Hart moved from right field to first base when Gamel got hurt, now Gamel may be doing it for Hart.