After socking three homers and driving in seven runs Monday night in a breakout performance, Hart homered in his first at-bat Tuesday. It has been a long time coming for the All-Star outfielder who missed all of spring training and the first three weeks of the season with a lingering oblique strain.
Manager Ron Roenicke tried different hitters in the second spot during Hart's absence as well as the first few weeks when Hart returned to action and hadn't put together his stroke. Center fielder Carlos Gomez saw a lot of action in the No. 2 hole but was far from the ideal choice with an on-base percentage below .300.
Now, with Hart socking the ball again, he fits in nicely behind leadoff hitter Rickie Weeks and No. 3 hitter Ryan Braun. Toss cleanup hitter Prince Fielder into the mix, and the first four hitters in the Brewers' order can be downright scary for opponents.
Hart is noted for tinkering with his swing and did so right up until game time Monday before breaking loose with his three-homer performance. Roenicke said he wasn't averse to doing the same thing during his playing career.
"Yes, I think you need to tweak," Roenicke said. "I think it's a rare guy that can stay with the same thing all the time. Somebody may not even notice you did something, it's so minor, but to you it feels huge. I think you need to make adjustments.
"It's not like golf. You have to be able to adjust. Sometimes from pitch to pitch you adjust. Most of these guys, they've got little things they always go back to. But they'll float away from those mechanics, and that's OK."
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