Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 1 Month

Corey Hart (forearm, back) is out of the lineup for the third consecutive day on Sunday.

Hart's body has been subjected to a surgeon's scalpel numerous times in his life, and his surgically-repaired knees need some acclimation time after resting for the duration of the 2013 campaign, but this is discouraging news eight days out from Opening Day. Hart, who signed a one-year, $5 million free agent contract with the Mariners in mid-December, should have an attractive back-date if Seattle decides to begin his season on the DL.

Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 1 Month

Corey Hart (forearm, back) will play in minor league games.

Minor league spring games employ less rigid rules -- batters can hit every inning, for example -- leading Seattle to believe that this is the best course of action with Hart. The 31-year-old slugger will be a fantasy asset in standard mixed leagues as long as he retains his health. Therein lies the problem. Hart signed a one-year, $5 million free agent contract with the Mariners in mid-December.

Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 1 Month

Corey Hart (forearm, back) is expected to return to Cactus League action on Friday.

Hart was pulled from Tuesday's game due to forearm tenderness and began experiencing tightness in his back on Wednesday, but they are both minor ailments. The 31-year-old is set to open the 2014 season as the Mariners' right fielder and should carry considerable fantasy value.

Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 1 Month

Corey Hart said Wednesday that his tender forearm and tight back are both minor issues.

Hart has not experienced any problems with either of his surgically-repaired knees this spring in camp, so the Mariners are happy. He should return to Cactus League action by the end of this week and is expected to open the 2014 regular season as Seattle's primary right fielder. The 31-year-old slugger will be a valuable asset in standard mixed leagues throughout the summer if he maintains good health.

Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 1 Month

Corey Hart made an early exit from Tuesday's Cactus League game because of forearm tenderness.

It doesn't sound like a serious issue. Hart is hoping to reestablish himself this season after missing the entire 2013 campaign while rehabbing dual knee surgeries. He signed a one-year, $5 million free agent contract with the Mariners in mid-December.

Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 2 Months

Corey Hart (knee) is expected to make his Cactus League debut on Friday.

Hart has been experiencing some tenderness in his knee over the past week, but it's not a major concern for the Mariners. He should be fine for Opening Day and is expected to serve as Seattle's primary right fielder.

Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 2 Months

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Friday that Corey Hart (knee) is "still a little tender moving side to side."

The M's have Hart working in the outfield as he comes back from a pair of knee surgeries. Despite the soreness, they've overall been pleased with how he's looked. As long as he feels up to it, Hart is expected to be used as the club's primary right fielder this season.

Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 2 Months

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Corey Hart will mostly work in the outfield early on in camp.

Hart missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from dual knee surgeries, so the Mariners are going to take it easy with him early in camp. He did everything but sliding during drills on Tuesday. The hope is that Hart will feel comfortable enough to play the outfield on a regular basis, but he could also rotate to first base and the DH spot on occasion.

Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 3 Months

Corey Hart is happy with the progress of his surgically-repaired knee.

"I haven't gotten on the field yet to do fly balls, but I've been doing simulated ground balls to work on my footwork and agility," Hart said. "It's been progressing. I've been able to do everything. It's been nice." The Mariners bet $6 million that the 31-year-old will be healthy and productive in 2014. When last healthy, Hart hit .270 with 30 homers and 83 RBI in 149 games for Milwaukee in 2012. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik and skipper Lloyd McClendon have discussed a three-man rotation between Hart, Morrison and Justin Smoak between first base and DH, though Jack Z believes Morrison and Hart can also play the outfield. "I think it's going to give you a chance to give some guys a rest," Zduriencik said, "And give you a chance to match up your club a little bit better (against opposing pitchers)."

Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 4 Months

Mariners signed OF Corey Hart to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal carries another $8 million in performance-based incentives. The Mariners are saying that Justin Smoak will remain the starting first baseman, so Hart appears likely to operate between the corner outfield spots and DH. He missed the entire 2013 season due to knee issues, but the 31-year-old slugger has always been an excellent hitter when healthy and is expected to be 100 percent heading into 2014.