MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers would welcome a gay player in the clubhouse, Ryan Braun said Monday on the day that NBA center Jason Collins became the first active professional athlete to come out.
"Absolutely, I would hope so," Braun said. "I know I would be. I think everybody else would be, as well."
Braun said it was great that Collins decided to be open about his sexual orientation.
"For all of us as athletes, we should all be tolerant," he said. "Not only tolerant but accepting. I think it's a great thing. I think everybody should be encouraged to be comfortable and confident in who they are, and I think hopefully it's the first step in the right direction for anybody that's going through some of the same things that he went through.
"It's definitely a step in a positive direction I think for all athletes and hopefully for society in general."
Braun said he was surprised it took until 2013 for an active player to announce he was gay.
"I understand the challenges associated with being the first person to come out who is actively playing," he said. "I'm sure the numbers would suggest there have been plenty of professional athletes who have been gay who hadn't come out.
"So I guess I'm a little surprised it's taken this long, but at the same time, it's obviously a complicated situation, a complicated issue," he said. "The timing needed to be right for somebody to be confident enough to come out and be the first one to make that statement."
Hart hopes to return from DL when eligible
MILWAUKEE -- Corey Hart rejoined the Brewers in Los Angeles on Sunday and said Monday he was hopeful to return on May 30, the day he is eligible to come off the disabled list.
"I've progressed a lot lately," Hart said before the Brewers opened a series vs. the Pirates. "Over the last week and a half, I've done a lot. Everything's going well."
Hart, who had surgery on his right knee in January, said he had been doing exercises to strengthen his quad muscles, water aerobics and throwing as part of his rehab. He said he had watched every game on television from his home, but he was thrilled to rejoin the club.
"It's awesome," he said. "At home, I felt like I was a super fan. Now I feel like I'm actually part of the team. Being around the guys, being in the clubhouse, I feel like I can contribute." Hart said he hoped to go on a 10-day Minor League rehab assignment before returning.
"I missed spring, so I can go get 10 days down there and as soon as the 30th, I'm ready to go," he said.
Hart said it was incredible to watch the team start 2-8 and then go on a hot streak.
"Going from 2-8 with several question marks to being relevant," he said. "It's been nice to have these guys step up. It seems like every night someone is stepping up. The bullpen has been great. I want to be back, obviously, but I don't have to force myself to do more because the guys are stepping up and doing well."
Aramis progressing in rehab from knee sprain
MILWAUKEE -- Aramis Ramirez made some slight turns while running in the outfield Monday as he continued his rehab from a sprained left knee suffered sliding into second base on April 5.
Ramirez plans on running the bases Tuesday, and he could return some time this week.
"He's been pushing it and the next day he's not coming up sore, so that's a good thing," manager Ron Roenicke said Monday.
Roenicke said Ramirez "is still a little awkward" running side to side and while stopping after running hard.
"He's itching to get at it," he said. "I don't think it will be that much longer."
Meanwhile, left-hander Chris Narveson played catch on Sunday for the second consecutive day in his rehab from a sprained ligament in his left middle finger. Roenicke said Narveson wouldn't return for a while and would go on a rehab assignment before joining the Brewers.
Roenicke, Brewers mulling potential moves
MILWAUKEE -- General manager Doug Melvin, assistant general manager Gord Ash and manager Ron Roenicke met Monday afternoon to discuss the Brewers roster. The trio discussed possible roster moves when Aramis Ramirez returns from the disabled list, likely this week, and what to do with the young outfielder Khris Davis.
Davis batted .262 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 61 at-bats during Spring Training to earn a spot on the team, but Roenicke hasn't found much playing time for the 25-year-old since the season began. In the team's first 23 games, Davis has only had 16 plate appearances and is batting .200.
"It's not fair to him to not give him at bats here," Roenicke said.
No roster move was announced before Monday night's game with Pittsburgh, but Roenicke hinted one could be coming soon.
"Some of that has to do with Aramis and when he's ready to get back in that lineup," Roenicke said. "When he's back, we have to make a move. We may make a move beforehand. It may be one move. It's not going to be a lot."
Joe DiGiovanni is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.