Corey Hart DH PIT 3 weeks ago

Hart went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Wednesday against the Phillies.

He has just two hits in 23 at-bats since starting the season 3-for-6. Hart's knees appear to be giving him difficulty, but it's possible he sees time Thursday afternoon, as he holds a career .303 batting average (10-for-33) against starter, Aaron Harang. Either way, it doesn't seem like Hart will get enough playing time to have much fantasy impact going forward.

Corey Hart DH PIT 1 month ago

Hart is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.

Hart will get the start at first base in place of Pedro Alvarez. He will hit cleanup in Tuesday's batting order against Travis Wood, against whom Hart is 4-for-14 (.286) with three doubles in his career.

Corey Hart DH PIT 1 month ago

Hart struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance Friday against the Diamondbacks.

He started just one game since April 14 and has gone hitless in his last eight at-bats (mostly as a pinch-hitter). Hart's defense was rough at first base when he make his lone start, and the team seems to favor Sean Rodriguez's fielding skills at first over Hart's.

Corey Hart DH PIT 2 months ago

Hart will start in right field and bat fifth Tuesday against the Tigers.

Manager Clint Hurdle is rewarding Hart with his second start of the season after the slugger hit a two-run dinger Monday afternoon. PNC Park features one of the smallest right field areas in the big leagues, making it possible for Hart and his chronic knee pain to play there.

Corey Hart DH PIT 2 months ago

Hart delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer Monday against the Tigers.

He's made the most of his six at-bats, collecting three hits and four RBI. Hart is expected to start at first base when Pittsburgh faces left-handed pitching, but so far the Bucs have seen all righties through seven games. Pedro Alvarez has been hot, so Hart isn't even a lock to face southpaws, giving manager Clint Hurdle's penchant of sticking with the hot hitter.

Corey Hart DH PIT 2 months ago

Hart will make his season debut at first base Saturday against his former team in Milwaukee, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

He singled in his only plate appearance as a pinch-hitter in Cincinnati, but has yet to play the field. Hart, who spent parts of nine seasons with the Brewers, will bat sixth for the Bucs.

Corey Hart DH PIT 2 months ago

Hart was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Phillies, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

He was originally penciled in to play, but Pedro Alvarez will instead start at first base. The team gave no word of an injury, but his absence throws up at least a little red flag.

Corey Hart DH PIT 2 months ago

Hart debuted in right field Monday and made a fine running catch of a James Loney fly ball, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

He has shown good athleticism in the field, snaring a line drive while playing first base Saturday. A healthy Hart and a return to the NL Central might jumpstart his career, but it would be unwise to count on him for a full season of at-bats, given his cranky knees.

Corey Hart DH PIT 2 months ago

Despite playing in only four games, manager Clint Hurdle said Friday that Hart has won a spot on the team, according Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Bucs fully expect Hart to platoon with Pedro Alvarez at first base. It's realistic to believe that the 10th-year veteran might surprise fantasy owners to the upside, but Hart's balky knee can temper the enthusiasm. At the least, the power hitter makes for an end-game pickup.

Corey Hart DH PIT 3 months ago

After missing the last week of action, Hart (foot) took part in a "B" game Monday and went 0-for-3, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

While he's recovered from slicing his foot in a hot tub, Hart will look to keep his troublesome knees healthyin 2015. "I don't have a lot of cartilage in my right knee. My left knee is fine," Hart said. "I feel like (microfracture) definitely benefited me. Last year it took almost the whole offseason to (heal). This year I feel strong." The Pirates are hoping Hart can form a platoon with Pedro Alvarez at first base and see occasional action in the outfield.