Right fielder Corey Hart initially thought he would miss two days with an oblique strain. Then it became two weeks.
Hart tweaked his right oblique making a throw on wet grass during a defensive drill a few days before the start of exhibition play. He thought it was no big deal, but after a doctor examined him the decision was made for Hart to miss at least the first two weeks of games.
"It stinks," said Hart. "I worked hard all winter to be ready for camp, then my foot slips on wet grass and this happens."
Manager Ron Roenicke also was taken aback somewhat by the news.
"I was a little bummed when I heard two weeks," he said. "But, like I've said, the intercostals and obliques, you can't mess around with them."
Assistant general manager Gord Ash, who has monitored these injuries before, said he was not surprised by the doctor's recommendation.
"We just want to be ultra-conservative," said Ash. "There's nothing to be gained by rushing him back. ... He'll ease back into it and we think he'll be playing in two weeks. That should allow plenty of time to get his repetitions before we have to leave here. What we've learned through the years is you've got to be careful with these things."
The one positive coming out of Hart's injury was that it allowed more playing time for the group of outfielders in camp trying to win jobs on the bench. That bunch included Chris Dickerson, Brandon Boggs and Jeremy Reed, who is in camp as a non-roster invitee.
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