MILWAUKEE -- The suitcase he lugged to Miller Park on Tuesday represented another sign of progress for rehabbing Brewers first baseman Corey Hart. Hart was to travel with the team for a five-game road trip as he continues moving toward a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.
The free-agent-to-be, who belted 30 home runs last season, has yet to play in 2013 after having right knee surgery in late January. This will be his first time traveling with the team.
"I'm pretty close; I just couldn't give you a day," Hart said. "Every day, [medical staffers] are closer to setting a day. I think they're waiting for the running stuff to get better."
For the past week or so, Hart has been a full participant in batting practice, and he has been taking ground balls at first base. But he remains limited while running, especially in the side-to-side agility drills he did Tuesday.
The knee feels good, Hart said. But his muscle memory is lagging behind.
"When I started on the field five days ago, it was terrible," Hart said. "Today was better than yesterday. Every day is progress."
Hart is eligible for reinstatement from the 60-day disabled list beginning Thursday, a target he will certainly miss.
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