Corey Hart to Begin Rehab Assignment; Harrison and Mercer Progress

PITTSBURGH — The unfamiliar face of Corey Hart was seen in the Pirates’ clubhouse this afternoon, the first time since he was shut down in late July with recurring knee problems. According to Clint Hurdle, Hart is going to give it one more shot at regaining his health and joining the team when the rosters expand in September. The plan for Hart is to work out with the team for a few days, and begin another rehab stint in Triple-A Indianapolis on August 20th.

Hart has not appeared in a game since June 21st, when a left-shoulder injury forced him to the disabled list. He was on his way back to joining the Pirates in early July, but was shut down when his chronic knee problems resurfaced.

Any level of contribution from Hart the rest of this season would be a surprise.

Harrison & Mercer Updates

Jordy Mercer (knee) and Josh Harrison (thumb) continue to progress in their rehab stints with Indianapolis. Both played back-to-back games over the weekend with no issues. They will sit out of Indianapolis’ game tonight, as Ryan Palencer reported yesterday, however both will be put through extensive workout days, which will include hitting off of the slider pitching machine as well as infield drills.

Hurdle anticipates that both Mercer and Harrison will make their returns to the lineup before September 1st.

  • I’m wondering if Pedro’s current hitting suddenly makes him attractive to other teams, thinking he can play 1B, 3B or–in the AL– just DH?

  • Bucs record when Corey Hart participates: 17-18.

    Get him out of the dugout. Bad talisman!!!

  • I honestly forgot Hart was a member of the Pirates.

  • Michael Sanders
    August 18, 2015 1:48 am

    Where is Lambo?

    • If i remember correctly his plantar fasciitis flared up again and he is shut down

  • I think they are just playing out the string with Hart. I believe his contract is loaded with incentives that he has no chance of reaching and if by some chance he is able to survive his rehab they add him to the roster in September.I really can’t see this anything then letting him try.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    August 17, 2015 7:03 pm

    Why do we hold onto this guy?

    • Because as a veteran, his salary is guaranteed whether they keep him or cut him loose. Since he’s on the 60 day DL, he’s not taking up a roster spot, so he isn’t blocking anyone. Besides the cost of his salary, which was sunk the moment he was signed, the only cost to the Pirates is use of their facilities and access to their staff. If that goodwill gesture helps to persuade the next injury risk/moderate upside veteran to sign with the Pirates, it’s not a terrible investment.

      • Sorry, I’m not looking for more Corey Harts. Hell I was barely looking for THE Corey Hart.

        • Of course that’s always the risk – it’s why he was available for $2.5M. But the team needed a RH 1B, and there weren’t any available in its price range. This won’t be the last time the Pirates have to choose from among high risk options to fill out its roster. Having a good reputation among vets certainly can’t hurt your chances of getting one of the better bets.