Corey Hart 1B PIT 9 months ago

Hart (shoulder) will not return this season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 33-year-old has returned from his rehab assignment but will not be activated, as the Pirates evidently didn't see enough in his six games with Triple-A Indianapolis to warrant a return to the major league roster. Signed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal last winter, Hart ended up playing in just 35 games with Pittsburgh, going 12-for-54 (.222 average) with two homers, nine RBI and a 1:19 BB:K.

Corey Hart 1B PIT 10 months ago

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Corey Hart joined the team Friday in Milwaukee to have his injured shoulder evaluated, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune. It was reported Thursday that Hart completed his rehab assignment, though it is unclear when he will be activated from the disabled list.

Corey Hart 1B PIT 11 months ago

Hart (shoulder) went 1-for-3 in a rehab game with Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

Monday's game was the fourth minor league game Hart has appeared in since beginning a rehab assignment June 30. He has not played back-to-back days yet, but he does have two home runs so far. It remains to be seen if he will return to the Pirates prior to the All-Star break.

Corey Hart 1B PIT 11 months ago

Hart (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

A shoulder impingement put Hart on the shelf, but the fact that he's ready to start up with minor league games less than a week after landing on the DL bodes well for his chances of returning shortly after his 15 days are up. Hart has been used sparingly this season, however, totaling just 54 at-bats in 35 games to this point.

Corey Hart 1B PIT 11 months ago

Hart (shoulder) offered some more context regarding his injury, revealing that he suffered the shoulder impingement while fieldng a fly ball during batting practice, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "During BP, somebody hit a ball and I kind of just reached back to grab it and it kind of jerked it back," Hart said. "Ever since then it's been kind of ongoing."

Hart said he believes he aggravated the injury while trying to hit in subsequent days, and stated that his stay on the DL is precautionary, more than anything else. "I think I overdid it trying to hit during the games and just kind of aggravated it enough to where it needed to take three, four, five days off and try to start back," Hart said. "It's more cautious than anything. It hurts, so I'm just trying to nip it in the bud so it doesn't cost me longer than a couple weeks."

Corey Hart 1B PIT 11 months ago

Hart (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Hart is battling a shoulder impingement, which could partially explain why he's seen time in only seven games this month. The veteran is without a firm timetable, but given the timing of his DL placement, he figures to return shortly after the All-Star break. In a corresponding move, the Pirates recalled right-hander Chris Volstad from Triple-A.

Corey Hart 1B PIT 11 months ago

Hart went 1-for-4 Sunday in the loss to Washington, delivering a two-out two-run home run in the ninth inning.

Hart saved his day offensively and posted the only runs the Pirates would score on the day in the 9-2 loss. The veteran first-baseman is hitting a disappointing .222/.246/.352 in 54 at-bats this season.

Corey Hart 1B PIT 11 months ago

Hart served as Pittsburgh's designated hitter Thursday and went 3-for-3 against the White Sox.

At this stage in his career he has trouble playing anywhere in the field, but for one night he did just fine as the Bucs' DH. Unfortunately for Hart, the team travels to Washington over the weekend and then returns home to play six games against National League teams, limiting his chances for additional at-bats.

Corey Hart 1B PIT 11 months ago

Hart, who went 0-for-2 with an HBP on Sunday, is expected to see more starts with the White Sox throwing three lefthanders in the next four days, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Sunday's start was Hart's first since May 16. "Coach Jauss and I have been hunting rotations for 2 months," manager Clint Hurdle said. "This is the first storm we've run into where we're going to get a bunch of left-handers in a row." Pittsburgh is paying Hart $2.5 million and the veteran has totaled eight hits in 43 at-bats in a disappointing performance thus far.

Corey Hart 1B PIT 12 months ago

Hart struck out pinch-hitting Friday, giving him a .200 batting average in 40 at-bats with one homer and seven RBI.

Since opening the season with three hits in six at-bats, Hart is 5-for-34. He has a good mentality for coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter, but a lack of production could cost him his roster spot.