A few days ago Corey Hart admitted that his foot problems are “not going to go away” and today the Brewers first baseman suffered an apparent setback during a pregame baserunning session.
Hart, who’s out of the lineup today for the sixth straight game with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot, told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that “it didn’t go as planned.”
Hart didn’t rule out returning to the lineup Tuesday, but called his current status “a little frustrating” and indicated that he’s nowhere near full strength. McCalvy reports that Hart may get an anti-inflammatory injection, but at this point he’s seemingly no sure thing to play again this season.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.
Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”
The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.
It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.