PHOENIX -- Brewers right fielder Corey Hart had successful surgery Tuesday morning to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, and club officials left in place the 3-4 week timetable for his recovery. That qualified as good news for the Brewers, who were waiting for word from Drs. Evan Lederman and William Raasch as to the extent of damage to Hart's meniscus. That the rehabilitation timetable remained the same was an indication that the arthroscopic surgery went just as planned. Hart said he would be back at Maryvale Baseball Park on Wednesday morning to begin rehab. He would not rule out Opening Day, but a more realistic timetable has Hart beginning to take at-bats in late March and beginning the regular season on the Brewers' disabled list.
Such an assignment could be backdated to March 26, allowing Hart to return as early as the team's second series of the season. "I know what I need to do to get ready," Hart said Monday, "and I'll find a way to get back."