Corey Hart doubles, singles in minor league spring game

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Brewers outfielder Corey Hart took a significant step forward Wednesday in his recovery from minor knee surgery, going 2-for-4 with a double and a single in a Triple-A game. It was his first live action of the spring, and he reported feeling zero lingering discomfort.

This all comes courtesy of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel beat writer Tom Haudricourt.

Hart served only as the DH in Wednesday’s game and will also be limited to that role on Thursday, but he should be allowed to play the field at some point this weekend. The 30-year-old slugger underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on March 6. He is aiming to make his regular season debut on or around April 10.

Hart batted .285/.356/.510 with 26 home runs and 63 RBI across 551 plate appearances last year.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.