Hart takes break after 14-inning game

Hart takes break after 14-inning game

Hart takes break after 14-inning game
MILWAUKEE -- One night after his second career start at first base, Corey Hart was out of the Brewers' lineup Tuesday night against the Giants.

It was just a routine off-day for Hart, who has played in 41 of 43 games this season, including Monday night's 14-inning, 4 1/2-hour marathon contest. Hart's last off-day came April 11 in Chicago.

"I got two good games in yesterday," Hart said Tuesday. "So maybe I'll get my third game in tomorrow."

Hart's off-day was facilitated in part by the fact that left fielder Ryan Braun was back in the lineup after leaving Monday's game early with a slight groin injury. Had Braun needed a day off, Hart likely would have been back in right field.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had been discussing with Hart the possibility of getting him out of the lineup for a while, and Tuesday presented a good opportunity for it.

With Hart playing 14 innings at a new position Monday night, he was likely a bit more sore than usual. His numbers against Matt Cain (2-for-16 with three strikeouts) also are less favorable than those for Hart against lefty Barry Zito (6-for-15 with a home run), who will start Wednesday's series finale.

"As much as I hate to get him out of the lineup," Roenicke said, "I think it in the long run it will help him."