Bell is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Bell cemented himself as a regular in the Pirates' lineup from late August and onward, finishing out the second half of the season with a .351 on-base percentage to go with two homers in 126 at-bats. He'll give way to John Jaso at first base in the season finale.
Bell is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs. He had started 10 of the last 11 games, hitting just .238/.316/.357 over that stretch. John Jaso will start at first base and lead off Tuesday.
Bell is not in the lineup Thursday against the Brewers. Bell has received significant playing time since being called up in mid-August, but he'll get a regular day off with Starling Marte returning to the lineup. It's unclear what will happen to Bell's playing time with the All-Star coming back, but the situation should become clearer in the coming days.
Bell reached base two times Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. The rookie is batting .312/.416/.462 in 113 plate appearances, including an 18:10 BB:K. Pirates GM Neal Huntington said Sunday that Bell's defense continues to be a work in progress at first base. He also recognized the offensive threat he brings to the plate.
Bell is back in the lineup batting second and playing right field Friday against Cincinnati. With Starling Marte still nursing a back injury, Bell continues to get opportunities in the outfield. Marte is expected to return Saturday, so Bell will probably move back to first base shortly, but his bat has been too good for the Pirates not to find him a place in the lineup. He carries an .877 OPS into Friday's action.