Corey Hart DH PIT 13 hours 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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.

Corey Hart DH PIT 2 months ago

Hart (foot) took grounders Thursday and is eyeing Monday as a potential return date, Tom Singer of reports.

Hart cut his foot on a hot tub earlier in the week, but appears to be nearing a return to the field. He figures to serve as the backup at first base in 2015 behind Pedro Alvarez, but could see some starts if Alvarez struggles.

Corey Hart DH PIT 2 months ago

Hart got three stitches Sunday after slicing his foot on a hot tub and will miss a few days, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

This is as cliche as spring training injuries get, but fortunately it was not as serious as some other pool/sprinkler/cactus related injuries in recent memory. Hart should enter the season on the short end of a semi-platoon with Pedro Alvarez at first base, and could see his playing time tick up if Alvarez goes through a slump at some point.