The Brewers have announced that first baseman Corey Hart will not have knee surgery Tuesday as originally scheduled because he is getting a second opinion from specialist Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo.

I just spoke on the telephone with Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash and he said Hart's agent, Jeff Berry, requested the second opinion.

"It's their contractual right under the collective bargaining agreement to avail themselves to a second opinion," said Ash. "We sent the MRI to Dr. Steadman. We don't know if it needs to be followed up with a personal visit."

When Hart began experiencing swelling in his right knee during offseason workouts, he was examined last week in Phoenix by team physician William Raasch. An MRI was ordered that revealed a "defect" in the knee as well as a slight meniscus tear.