That matter became moot Tuesday afternoon when Almonte was struck in the face by a thrown ball during pre-game batting practice. Almonte became the first major league player to be placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions, and the Brewers activated Hart a day earlier than planned.
Per major league rules, team physician Mark Niedfeldt put Almonte through a standard concussion and impact test and sent his report to MLB medical director Dr. Gary Green. He in turn authorized the Brewers to make the move, which also resulted in Hart being activated.
Hart had been on the DL all season while recovering from an oblique strain suffered early in spring camp.
The seven-day disabled list for concussions is being used on a trial basis this season. If a player spends more than 14 days on that list, he is retroactively transferred to the 15-day disabled list.
"It was developed in cooperation with the Players Association to address the issue of concussions," Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash said before the Brewers beat the Reds 3-2. "A lot of times in the past, the issue was that there was reluctance on the part of the player to go on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion because it wouldn't be that long."
The Brewers have experience with concussions. Third baseman Corey Koskie suffered one at midseason in 2006 and never played in the major leagues again. Center fielder Carlos Gomez also suffered a concussion last season when struck on the batting helmet with a pitch.
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