Hart to make first start of 2015 season

Indiana junior left-handed pitcher Kyle Hart will make his season debut after tearing his ulner collateral ligament last March against Ohio State. Head coach Chris Lemonis will start Hart but keep him on a pitch and inning limit.

Junior left-handed pitcher Kyle Hart will make his first start of the season Wednesday night, Indiana head coach Chris Lemonis announced Tuesday night following the Hoosiers’ 5-3 home-opener victory over Eastern Michigan.

”He will be in a spot start,” Lemonis said. “It’ll be a couple of innings, but it won’t be much. He’ll be back out for the first time since his injury.”

Hart suffered a right elbow injury March 30 against Ohio State last season which required Tommy John surgery and forced him to miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Before the injury, he was 3-1 with a 2.2 ERA and one save in six starts and nine overall appearances.

At media day in early February, both Hart and Lemonis said the target date for his return was mid-March. Lemonis also said he and Hart had Hart’s return mapped out since October.

“The only thing we said in the fall was, it had to be nice weather,” Lemonis said. “When we looked up and saw it was going to be 60 and sunny, that’s about as good as you can get. So I think the gods are looking down on him a little bit. We didn’t want to run him out in bad weather.”

Hart will be on a pitch and inning limit, but has been great with his rehab, according to Lemonis.

“We’re excited he’s just on track,” Lemonis said. “He feels good, he feels strong. I think he’s excited to get out there.”

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