Bell isn't starting Wednesday's game against Atlanta. Bell will retreat to the bench with southpaw Max Fried on the mound for Atlanta. Ryan Zimmerman will start at first base and bat third.
Bell is not in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Bell went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI in his first multi-hit game of the season Saturday, but he'll take a seat for the series finale with lefty Trevor Rogers on the mound for Miami. Ryan Zimmerman will start at first base and bat cleanup Sunday for the Nationals.
Bell went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI during Saturday's 7-2 win over the Marlins. The 28-year-old was 1-for-22 over the previous six games, but he delivered twice with RISP to power the offense Saturday. Bell has a .140/.219/.298 slash line with two homers, two doubles, nine RBI and 12 runs through 16 games this season.
Bell went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Blue Jays. He capped the scoring on the night with a fifth-inning blast off Ty Tice. Bell has struggled to find his timing at the plate to begin the season, and Wednesday's homer -- only his second of the year -- snapped an 0-for-15 skid.
Bell went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Cardinals. Bell finally opened up the scoring in the sixth when he took a first-pitch hanging curveball over the wall in right to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Despite hitting his first home run as a National, Bell has struggled mightily in his first week back since returning from the COVID-19 injured list. The 28-year-old is slashing just .143/.242/.321 and has only four hits while striking out at least once in all eight games so far.
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