Adam McCalvy reports that Corey Hart was 0-1 with a walk in his first rehab start last night. Hart is working his way back from an appendectomy in early August, and as McCalvy notes, if all goes well this weekend, Hart should return to the big league club on Tuesday.
Hart will return to a team in a drastically different situation than the one he left. After losing two of three to the Cardinals and losing the series opener to San Francisco last night, the Brewers’ elimination number is down to 14, effectively putting them out of the race.
That’s not to say this month won’t be important for Hart. It would provide plenty of optimism for next season (as well as increase the numbers on his paycheck this offseason), or perhaps raise his possible trade value. It’s a shame that the Giants will be out of town by then, because like David Hannes noted earlier, Hart may be a player they’d be interested in.
Hart may not be alone in returning to the club on Tuesday. Nashville’s season will end Monday afternoon if the club doesn’t make the PCL playoffs (they’re currently 1.5 games behind division leading Memphis), meaning the likes of Mat Gamel, Hernan Iribarren, Angel Salome, Tim Dillard, and Mike Burns could be flying into Milwaukee with Hart.