Mariners designated hitter Corey Hart is using wry humor to battle the frustration of a grade-2 strain in his left hamstring, which is expected to keep him on the sidelines for at least four-to-six weeks.
"I’m pretty used to rehab," said Hart, who missed all of last season while recovering from surgery on both knees. "So I know what to do to get back.
"Not that it’s a fun thing, but I’m going to try to stay positive and motivate these guys as much as I can and be ready when it’s there."
Hart suffered the injury Sunday at Minnesota while stealing second base. Just as he started his slide, he felt tightness in his hamstring. He immediately signaled to the bench, and then hobbled off the field.
"Compared to how it felt Sunday," he said, "it feels a lot better. I can walk around without having to have a stiff leg all of the time. It’s still nothing to be happy about yet."
Hart, 32, flew back to Seattle for an examination Monday while the Mariners continued their road trip with two games in Texas. He received a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection to aid the healing.
PRP seeks to stimulate healing in bones and soft tissue.
"Right now, I’m just waiting," Hart said. "I don’t know if it’ll be a week or maybe more before I can really start to move. Now, it’s just ice and stuff."
The Mariners placed Hart on the 15-day disabled list after the examination revealed a grade-2 strain and filled his spot on the roster by recalling infielder Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma.
Hart was batting .209 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 37 games.