Pirates first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart will not return in 2015. Hart has been out since the middle of June with shoulder and knee injuries. He had been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis. But the Pirates recalled Hart from the rehab stint but will not activate him from the 60-day disabled list. Instead, he will head home to Arizona and prepare for the 2016 campaign. Brought in by the Pirates on a low-risk, one-year deal, Hart had a forgettable 2015 season. He registered just 54 at-bats, collecting 12 hits--including a double and two home runs--in 35 games. The oft-injured slugger hasn't played more than 70 games since 2012 with the Brewers.
Pirates first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart resumed his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. Serving as the designated hitter, Hart went 0 for 4 in his first game action since suffering a setback in mid-July. Hart has been on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury since June 24, but he began experiencing knee discomfort during his initial rehab stint. It is not yet known when Hart will be able to return to the Pirates, though he could be a possible contributor down the stretch as they head towards the postseason.
Pirates first baseman Corey Hart will begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A, reports MLB.com. Hart was on a rehab assignment for his shoulder injury last month, but was shut down after experiencing a setback. "I kept trying to push through and made it worse," Hart said. "That was the hard part. Hopefully that's behind me. I'll go to Triple-A and try to do as much as I can to prove that I can stay healthy and stay on this roster. That'll come. Hopefully I can get there and work it out."
The Pirates placed infielder Jordy Mercer on the 15-day disabled list, with a lower leg contusion and MCL sprain, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mercer is expect to miss the next six weeks after a collision at second base in Sunday's game. To replace him, the team recalled corner infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis. He was hitting .266 with nine home runs and 47 RBI at Indianapolis. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team moved outfielder Corey Hart from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list. Hart was recently shut down while on a minor league rehab assignment, recovering from a shoulder injury.
Corey Hart, who is on a Triple-A rehab assignment due to a shoulder injury, had his work shut down after he felt knee discomfort, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Hart, who was scheduled to be re-evaluated after this weekend, will be examined by Pirates team doctors on Friday. He was batting just .222 with one double, two home runs and nine RBI in limited work with the Pirates this season.
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