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Hart to Return Tuesday; Second Wave of Call Ups Near?

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Adam McCalvy reports that Corey Hart was 0-1 with a walk in his first rehab start last night.  Hart is working his way back from an appendectomy in early August, and as McCalvy notes, if all goes well this weekend, Hart should return to the big league club on Tuesday.

Hart will return to a team in a drastically different situation than the one he left.  After losing two of three to the Cardinals and losing the series opener to San Francisco last night, the Brewers’ elimination number is down to 14, effectively putting them out of the race. 

That’s not to say this month won’t be important for Hart.  It would provide plenty of optimism for next season (as well as increase the numbers on his paycheck this offseason), or perhaps raise his possible trade value.  It’s a shame that the Giants will be out of town by then, because like David Hannes noted earlier, Hart may be a player they’d be interested in. 

Hart may not be alone in returning to the club on Tuesday.  Nashville’s season will end Monday afternoon if the club doesn’t make the PCL playoffs (they’re currently 1.5 games behind division leading Memphis), meaning the likes of Mat Gamel, Hernan Iribarren, Angel Salome, Tim Dillard, and Mike Burns could be flying into Milwaukee with Hart.


Capuano Still on Long Road to Recovery

August 31, 2009 1 comment

Chris Capuano has had Tommy John surgery before.  The first time around, his big league career was in jeopardy before it even really started, going under the knife in May 2002 before he had an opportunity to pitch in a major league game.  Like so many pitchers before him, he came back from the surgery stronger than ever.  He put together a respectable rookie campaign for Arizona in 2003 before being included in the mammoth Richie Sexson trade that winter as one of the centerpieces of the deal, along with Jorge de la Rosa.

We know the story from there — Cappy was arguably the Brewers’ most consistent starting pitcher from 2004 to 2006, winning a career-high 18 games in 2005 and making the All-Star team in 2006.  The 2007 season was a struggle, and during spring training in 2008 it was revealed that the deceptive lefty needed a second Tommy John surgery.

The recovery process has been much tougher the second time around, which was probably to be expected now that he’s on the other side of 30. 

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