Brewers 1B Hart to undergo right knee surgery

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013

Hart won't be able to put any weight on his right leg for six weeks after the surgery, meaning spring training will be well under way before Hart can even begin getting on the field to do any running or working out. If he takes the full estimated recovery time of about four months, Hart may not be playing in games until late May.

Hart's injury puts Gamel back into the mix as the starting first baseman. The 27-year-old was initially being slated to be bench player for the Brewers this season while working his way back from that knee injury. He hit .246 with one homer in 21 games last season before going down on May 1. He missed the final five months of the season but is expected to be back at 100 percent when the Brewers report for spring training in February.

A fourth-round draft pick in 2005, Gamel has played in just 106 games since making his major league debut in 2008.