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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.

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Hardy Continues to Struggle

While Alcides Escobar continues to hit well in the majors — he went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in Washington tonight — J.J. Hardy continues to struggle mightily at the plate for Triple A Nashville.  The scuffling shortstop went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in the Sounds’ 8-4 loss to Albuquerque, dropping his batting average to .147.

Hardy now has seven strikeouts in nine games played in Triple A, and has only managed five hits in 34 at-bats. Two of those five hits have been home runs, but based on the numbers it appears as though he’s still pressing too hard at the plate.

It’lll be interesting to see what happens come September 1st.  As I wrote before, the Brewers are in a tough situation when it comes to Hardy’s service time.  If they don’t bring him back up to Milwaukee on September 1st, Hardy’s free agent eligibility after next season may be in jeopardy.  If he stays in the minors for more than 20 days, the Brewers will hold onto Hardy’s rights for an additional year, meaning he won’t be a free agent until after the 2011 season.  While it might be a smart move for the organization, it would no doubt leave Hardy disgruntled and make the team’s front office look unnecessarily frugal.

On the other hand, if Hardy continues to hit this way in Triple A, the Brewers will easily be able to say he hasn’t earned his promotion back to the majors.  While an additional year of team control may help Hardy’s trade value in the offseason, anything gained from that extra service year may be lost by his poor performance in the minors.  He’s certainly not providing a lot of hope that he’ll figure things out and start hitting like an All-Star again.

Bill Hall Optioned to AAA

July 30, 2009 1 comment

I’m trying to think of a different reaction to this other than “it’s about damn time.”  Hall has accepted an assignment to AAA Nashville, where he will presumably work on fixing his timing at the plate.  The only question is where he’ll play.

According to reports, the team asked Hall to accept an assignment earlier this month, but he declined.  It seems as though Hall reconsidered following the Felipe Lopez trade, however, realizing that Lopez can play all of the positions he can.  Hall says he wasn’t told how long he’ll be in Nashville, but the general assumption seems to be he’ll be there until the Brewers return from a West coast road trip.  Because Hall has 5+ years of service time, he had the right to refuse assignment to the minors.

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