Brewers place Hart, Bianchi on 15-day DL

The Milwaukee Brewers have placed first baseman Corey Hart on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from knee surgery. 

Hart, 31, had surgery on Jan. 25 to repair torn cartilage and repair an imperfection in the knee joint. The Brewers expect their starting first baseman to be out until sometime in May, making his placement on the disabled list a formality. 

Moving from right field to first base last season, Hart hit .270 with 30 home runs and 83 RBI and made the defensive transition smoothly. He was slotted to return to first base before he injured his knee during spring training preparations.

With Hart out for about the first six weeks of the season, veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez is likely to get the majority of playing time at first base. 

Also Wednesday, the Brewers placed infielder Jeff Bianchi on the 15-day disabled list with left hip bursitis. The injury has limited Bianchi to just eight spring training games and caused him to drop off of Italy’s roster for the World Baseball Classic. 

The 26-year-old hit .188 with three home runs and nine RBI in 33 games for the Brewers in 2012.

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