Corey Hart DH PIT 6 Days

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 9 Days

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 20 Days

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 25 Days

Hart (foot) took grounders Thursday and is eyeing Monday as a potential return date, Tom Singer of MLB.com 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 27 Days

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.

Corey Hart DH PIT 30 Days

Hart's playing time in 2015 will be primarily tied to how well Pedro Alvarez adapts to a new position at first base, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle also expects Hart to see at-bats as a pinch-hitter, through double switches and sparingly as an outfielder. Hart, who has undergone surgery to both knees, understands that he's no longer an everyday player. "I just want to stay healthy," he said. "This is my first year in a while that I'm not a starter coming into spring training. I kind of felt it coming. My body's just not there to play 162 games."

Corey Hart DH PIT 1 Month

The Pirates expect Hart to platoon with Pedro Alvarez at first base and serve as a right-handed bat off the bench, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle believes Hart's playing time -- which could also include time in the outfield -- will be closely linked to the health of his surgically-repaired knees. "I know the kid can play outfield," Hurdle said. "We've seen him play the outfield. We've also seen him post up at first base. We've seen the work he's done in the batter's box." Hart batted .203 with six homers in 68 games for the Mariners and battled knee problems throughout the season.

Corey Hart DH PIT 3 Months

Hart agreed to a one-year contract with the Pirates on Friday.

Hart will head to Pittsburgh after spending last season with the Mariners. He figures to platoon with Pedro Alvarez at first base and could see some spot action in the outfield.

Corey Hart DH PIT 6 Months

Hart declined his outright assignment from the Mariners and will become a free agent, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The club designated Hart for assignment last week after activating Jesus Montero from the suspended list. As expected, Hart declined the assignment and will hit free agency this offseason. The 32-year-old Hart played in only 68 games this season, battling hamstring and knee injuries for much of the year.

Corey Hart DH PIT 6 Months

Hart was designated for assignment Monday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

With Seattle needing to clear room on the 40-man after activating Jesus Montero from the suspended list, Hart, a pending free agent, was designated for assignment. He'll be subject to waivers this offseason.