Corey Hart out 3-4 weeks following knee surgery

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Corey Hart is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing successful surgery this morning to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. This is the same timetable that was originally estimated by the Brewers over the weekend.

Hart hasn’t ruled out the possibility of being ready for Opening Day, but it’s still likely that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. But because a DL stint can be backdated to March 26, he could return as soon as the second series of the season if all goes well with his rehab.

Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke would prefer to keep Carlos Gomez in center field whenever he plays, likely against left-handed pitching, so Norichika Aoki and Nyjer Morgan figure to split playing time in right field during Hart’s absence.

Hart, 29, batted .285/.356/.510 with 26 home runs, 63 RBI and an .866 OPS in 130 games last season with Milwaukee.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.