That's right: This is not the first. In 2010, Hart hit .172 and was left out of the Opening Day lineup, only to rebound with a career year. In 2011, he missed all of Spring Training after straining a rib-cage muscle.Now, Hart is rehabbing again. He underwent surgery March 6 to repair three tears of the meniscus in his right knee. He's made a speedy return, taking full batting practice for the third straight day Wednesday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Hart was working out with an elastic band attached to a metal bar, which slipped off its rack and struck him on three different spots on his head. Only one of them needed stitches.The good news was that Hart was back on the field Wednesday. He's hoping to begin playing games this weekend, but Roenicke made clear the decision belonged to head athletic trainer Dan Wright. "I'm not doing anything until the trainers tell me he's close," Roenicke said. "He hasn't been out on the field running. He still has some time." Hart was staying positive. "If I can stay away from hurting myself again, I'll be good," he said.