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08/11/09 9:15 PM ET

Hart realizes recovery may take a while

Brewers outfielder had appendix removed on Aug. 2

MILWAUKEE -- Corey Hart wants to be back in the Brewers' starting lineup before the end of the month. He found out Tuesday it's going to be easier said than done.

Hart, who had surgery in San Diego on Aug. 2 to remove his appendix, reunited with his teammates at Miller Park and participated in his first physical activity since going under the knife. Eight minutes into a workout on a stationary bike, Hart had to call it quits.

"My body still hurts," Hart said. "I tried to get back into it, but it's obviously going to take a while."

Hart is aiming to return during the team's Aug. 25-30 homestand, but Sept. 1 may be a more realistic target. That's the date rosters expand, and the Brewers could activate Hart without making a corresponding move.

Frank Catalanotto and Bill Hall have started in right field in place of Hart, who was just getting hot when he developed what he thought was a stomach ache on Aug. 1.

Hart was on a 25-for-72 (.347) tear over the 21 games entering that night, when he went 0-for-4 and complained after the game of abdominal pain. When the pain localized to the right side of his abdomen the following morning, Hart was sent to a San Diego-area hospital, and six hours later he was in surgery.

"It stinks," Hart said. "I was playing really good. But it got to a point where I knew something was wrong. ... At least it's not the whole year. I can come back, and I should have a good 30 games left in me."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.