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Appendectomy sidelines Corey Hart

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Gazette wire services
August 3, 2009
— Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart was scheduled to undergo an appendectomy Sunday night.

The Brewers said Hart will go on the 15-day disabled list and be replaced by Bill Hall, who will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville.


Hart complained of stomach and side pains Saturday night after he went hitless in three at-bats with a walk during the Brewers’ 4-2 loss to the Padres. When Hart came to Petco Park on Sunday, the pain persisted and he was examined by a doctor.


Hart is batting .264 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs in 98 games this season. Hart will likely not be back before September, but that was an early timetable from general manager Doug Melvin and trainer Roger Caplinger. More was expected to be known once the surgery was completed.


The best-case scenario at this point is Hart missing 2-3 weeks, but it’s more likely he won’t play until September. The recovery time requires no activity for the first seven days after surgery.


Macha said if Hall, who played Sunday night as Class AAA Nashville’s rightfielder, makes it to Los Angeles in time for tonight’s game, he could start in right for the Brewers.


“It’s a minimum 2-3 weeks, but I don’t think he’ll be playing in two weeks at all,” Melvin said.



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