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Mariners' Corey Hart running, turning without problems

By on 3/02/2014 08:30:00 AM

After a lost 2013 season in which he wasn't able to play a single inning of baseball, Corey Hart seems to be having a much more positive start to 2014. On Saturday, ESPN's injury expert Stephania Bell tweeted that Hart is looking good after his knee surgery and now just needs to adjust to the speed of the game, having spent such a long time out.

The original knee surgery took place in January 2013. Despite optimism from Hart before spring training last year, as the season progressed it became apparent that progress was not as quick as he might have hoped. As the end of June approached, the Brewers finally announced that Hart would not make it back at all in 2013, and would in fact need to undergo another knee surgery. Bell's update is a good sign that a repeat of 2013 is unlikely, and hopefully means that the 31-year-old will get a proper chance to rebound in Seattle.

By Steve Paluch, via Flickr Creative Commons
After spending his whole career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Hart was a free agent in October and ultimately signed with the Mariners. The first baseman and outfielder had been hoping for a good 2013 to boost his value, but ended up taking a $5 million deal with $8 million in incentives as a result of his prolonged injury absence. Prior to 2013, Hart had been a very productive major league hitter (career 116 OPS+) with plenty of power, slugging over .500 in three consecutive seasons from 2010-2012.


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