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Frustrated Hart out with tight hamstring

August 24, 2010

MILWAUKEE — He hasn’t spent a day on the disabled list this season, but the minor injuries continue to pile up for Corey Hart. If it’s not his hand, it’s his back. If not his back, his leg.

Hart added to that list of injuries on Friday night, leaving the Brewers’ 10-6 win over the Padres for precautionary reasons with tightness in his right hamstring. On Saturday, the pain kept Hart out of the Brewers’ starting lineup, and manager Ken Macha said he “could be in the lineup” on Sunday.

“It’s one of those things that I think we’re just kind of nervous to play and go out there and make it really bad and miss a lot of time instead of taking it easy for a few days,” Hart said. “I think it’s trying to play cautious and that way I don’t push it and miss more time than I need to.”

Hart, who had missed time earlier this month with back stiffness, did not think the two injuries were related.

Hart speculated that the hamstring tightness may have occurred on his first-inning triple to right field. Eventually, he realized the issue was significant enough to force him out of the ballgame in the eighth inning.

“I felt something kind of pull,” Hart said. “It just gradually kept getting tighter. After I went first to third on [Ryan Braun’s sixth-inning single], I came in right away and I was trying to wrap it up, trying to get away from it stiffening up on me.”

A few more inches on his triple, and Hart’s hamstring may never have become an issue. Hart’s ball hit high off the wall in right field, narrowly missing a home run.

Now, it’s another waiting game for Hart, something he’s grown accustomed to this season.

“It’s crazy — one after another,” Hart said. “My thumb was, like, five days, my back was a couple. It’s tough. I could go out there and try to play today, but if I do it, I might end up making it really bad and missing two or three weeks instead of a couple of days.”

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