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June 27, 2017 11:48 AM
Corey Hart: To officially retire with Brewers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hart will retire as a Milwaukee Brewer on Friday.

He will also be inducted into the Milwaukee Brewers Wall of Honor as part of a pregame ceremony. While he has been out of baseball since 2015, this officially marks the end of his career. He has a .271/.329/.478 career slash line with 162 home runs and 85 steals in 1,048 games, and was a fantasy force from 2007 to 2012 due to his unique power/speed combo.

September 3, 2015 08:10 PM
Pirates' Corey Hart to miss the rest of 2015
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

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.

August 22, 2015 12:50 AM
Pirates' Corey Hart goes 0 for 4 in rehab assignment restart Friday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

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.

August 19, 2015 09:21 AM
Pirates' Corey Hart to restart rehab assignment Thursday
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

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.”

July 20, 2015 05:20 PM
Pirates place Jordy Mercer on DL, call up Brent Morel
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

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. 

July 15, 2015 07:39 AM
Pirates 1B Corey Hart (knee) suffers setback in rehab
by Elliot Smith | CBSSports.com

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. 

July 15, 2015 07:41 AM
Pirates' Corey Hart will be re-evaluated Sunday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Pirates first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart (shoulder) will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis through the weekend before returning to Pittsburgh on Sunday for an evaluation, manager Clint Hurdle told reporters Friday.

Hart is batting .182 (4 for 22) with two home runs, four RBI, three runs, one walk and nine strikeouts through six games on his rehab assignment.

July 10, 2015 09:54 AM
Pirates 1B Corey Hart goes 1 for 4 in rehab game Tuesday
by Sean D'Oliveira | CBS Sports Staff

Pirates first baseman Corey Hart went 1 for 4 at the plate during a rehab game at Triple-A on Tuesday. Hart also scored a run and had one RBI.

Hart is on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder impingement and has been sidelined since June 21.

July 10, 2015 09:54 AM
Pirates 1B/OF Corey Hart to begin rehab assignment Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

Pirates outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, the team announced.

Hart was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder impingement on June 24. The team has not announced a clear timetable for Hart's return to the club. 

July 10, 2015 10:01 AM
Pirates place Corey Hart on 15-day DL on Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

The Pirates placed outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a left shoulder impingement

“It's something he's been dealing with for a while,” manager Clint Hurdle said of Hart's shoulder impingement, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “After yesterday, talking with him, we feel this is the proper time to get him some rest, to get it right, and then get him some at-bats and see where that can take us.”

Hart has not played much this season, totaling 35 appearances and 11 starts. He is batting just .222 with one double, two home runs and nine RBI.

July 10, 2015 10:04 AM
Pirates 1B Corey Hart ends shutout Sunday with home run
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Pirates first baseman Corey Hart provided one bright light in a dark afternoon for his team Sunday. He slammed a two-run homer in the ninth inning to end the shutout against Washington. The 446-foot blast was his second in 54 at-bats this season.

Hart owns a slash line of .222/.246/.352 on the year.

July 10, 2015 10:06 AM
Pirates DH Corey Hart snaps hitless streak, goes 3 for 3
by Ruben Palacios | CBS Sports Staff

Pirates first baseman Corey Hart had not recorded a hit in his last 10 at-bats before Thursday's game against the White Sox.

On Thursday, Hart went a perfect 3 for 3 with three singles and boosted his batting average to .220 on the year.

July 10, 2015 10:11 AM
Pedro Alvarez not in Pirates lineup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game.

After starting 14 of the last 15 games, Alvarez is replaced by Corey Hart, who bats seventh and plays first base. 

Hart is getting his fifth start of the year at the spot and first since May 16. 

June 12, 2015 04:25 AM
Pirates 1B Corey Hart playing unenviable position: left out
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Pirates veteran Corey Hart has played plenty of first base and outfield during his 12-year major league career. But in 2015, he has become more familiar with a relatively new position for him: left out.

Hart has started just seven of the 29 games in which he has appeared. He has eight hits in 40 at-bats. He has even been bypassed against most left-handers, including Sunday with Braves southpaw Alex Wood on the mound. Sean Rodriguez started at first with Jose Tabata in right.

A .287 lifetime hitter against southpaws, Hart signed a one year, $2.5 million contract with the Pirates in the offseason. He was supposed to platoon with Pedro Alvarez at first, but it hasn't worked out that way. And Clint Hurdle is making no promises.

"Right now, he's working," Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He's doing the best he can with the opportunities he gets. It's the way it is. Right now, it's a hard place. We'll see what the homestand brings."

June 1, 2015 01:58 PM
Pirates 1B/OF Corey Hart has not made start since May 16
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Pirates reserve outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart has not made a start since May 16 against the Cubs, which is a span of 13 games. He has started just seven times this season, with five of those starts coming when a left-hander has been on the hill.

Hart is batting .286 with one home run and six RBI in 19 games against right-handed pitchers, while he is batting .111 with one double and one RBI in 11 games against lefties.

June 1, 2015 02:14 PM
Corey Hart in, Pedro Alvarez out of Pirates lineup Saturday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez will not be the first baseman Saturday. He is out of the lineup against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester.

Corey Hart is set to man the position instead.

Alvarez has just one hit in 12 at-bats against lefties this season. But Hart is 1-for-13 against them in 2015.

June 1, 2015 02:17 PM
Pirates' Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez not starting Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | CBS Sports Staff

With a left-hander on the mound Wednesday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has juggled his lineup for the matchup against the Phillies.

Left-handed batters Gregory Polanco and Pedro Alvarez are out of the lineup, while Corey Hart covers right field and Sean Rodriguez handles first base. Josh Harrison will move up to the leadoff spot in the order.

Second baseman Neil Walker is sliding down to the seventh spot in the lineup. This is the first time all season he has hit lower than sixth in the order.

June 1, 2015 02:34 PM
Pirates 1B Pedro Alvarez to miss second start of year
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not listed in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game. It's just the second time this year that Alvarez has missed a start at first. 

Corey Hart replaces Alvarez at first. It's his second start there this season and second in the last seven games. He'll bat cleanup. 

The Pirates are +107 money line underdogs at the Cubs. 

June 1, 2015 02:50 PM
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte out of the lineup Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has decided to go with Corey Hart in right field Tuesday and moved Gregory Polanco to left, pushing Starling Marte to the bench, the team announced.

Hart has made one start so far this season and is hitting .500 in six at-bats. He is a career .269 hitter while playing right field and .268 while batting fifth.

"He's just being challenged right now," Hurdle said. "We've seen Starling get in some funks. He's been able to work his way out of them. One of the ways you help him is just to sit him down, give him a chance to catch his breath."

 He is hitting just .115 with 14 strikeouts in 26 at-bats this season. The Pirates are currently the favorites (-120) over the Tigers Tuesday.

June 1, 2015 02:53 PM
Pirates' Corey Hart hits home run off the bench Monday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Pirates infielder Corey Hart ripped a pinch-hit home run in Monday's 5-4 win over the Tigers. 

Hart came up for pitcher Jared Hughes in the seventh and ripped a 1-0 pitch off Anibal Sanchez out of the park for a two-run blast, his first home run of the year. Hart is now hitting .500 in six at-bats this season.