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May 15, 2021 03:00 AM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Knocks in three
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, two runs and three RBI in a 17-2 win over Arizona on Friday.

Bell knocked in two runs with a double in the first inning and collected another RBI on a fielder's choice groundout in the seventh. He entered the contest with just two hits over his past 17 at-bats, so he'll look to build some momentum off Friday's big effort. Bell is still slashing a paltry .154/.220/.341 on the campaign.

May 13, 2021 08:56 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Slugs fourth homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Phillies.

Bell took Zach Eflin deep in the opening frame for his fourth homer of the season. He had only one home run through his first 13 games, but he has now delivered three in his last 11 contests. Overall, Bell still has an inflated 30.9 percent strikeout rate, which has limited him to a .140/.202/.326 line across 94 plate appearances.

May 12, 2021 05:48 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Not starting Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

The switch-hitting first baseman receives a day off after going 3-for-25 in his last six games. Bell has 28 strikeouts to just six walks this season, getting on base at a lowly .200 clip. Ryan Zimmerman gets the start at first base.

May 8, 2021 01:00 AM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Homers against Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Friday's 11-4 win over the Yankees.

Bell put the Nationals on the board Friday with a home run to lead off the second inning, his third of the season. In his last six games, Bell has gone 5-for-23 with two homers, a double, seven RBI, five runs and two walks.

May 5, 2021 03:52 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Sitting against lefty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 2, 2021 11:28 AM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Sitting versus lefty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is not in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of 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.

May 1, 2021 07:32 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Brings home four runs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 29, 2021 06:56 AM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Slugs second homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 21, 2021 08:00 AM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Showcases power in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 18, 2021 11:36 AM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Sits in series finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Bell will give way to Ryan Zimmerman at first base after starting in each of the first three games of the series. Since being activated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday, Bell has started in five of the Nationals' seven games, going 2-for-19 with four runs and two RBI.

April 14, 2021 03:48 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Receives day off Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

Bell reached base safely in his first two games of the season to begin the week. He went 1-for-6 with three runs, three walks and two strikeouts during that time. However, he'll get a routine day off Wednesday with Ryan Zimmerman starting at first base, batting third.

April 13, 2021 02:20 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: On base three times in Nats debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

Making his first appearance for the Nationals after an offseason trade from the Pirates and then a delayed start to the campaign due to COVID-19 protocols, Bell slotted immediately into the cleanup spot and showed good patience. While he's coming off a rough 2020, hitting behind Trea Turner and Juan Soto should provide Bell with all the RBI opportunities he could ask for, and if he rediscovers his 2019 form, he'll provide a huge boost to the Washington offense.

April 12, 2021 04:52 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Officially starting Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is starting Monday's game against the Cardinals.

Bell will join the Nationals' lineup for the first time after he was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday. He'll bat fourth and start at first base for the series opener against the Cardinals. Bell should fill the strong side of a platoon at first base going forward while Ryan Zimmerman mainly starts against left-handed pitchers.

April 12, 2021 04:04 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Returning from COVID IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Nationals reinstated Bell from the COVID-19 injured list Monday.

One of 11 Nationals placed on the COVID-19 IL ahead of Opening Day, Bell will be ready to debut for Washington after completing a mandatory quarantine and passing all phases of MLB's health and safety protocol. Washington has yet to release a lineup for Monday's series opener in St. Louis, but Bell will presumably start at first base in place of Ryan Zimmerman, who had been serving as the team's primary option at the position for the first week of the season. Bell should fill the strong side of a platoon at first base, while the right-handed Zimmerman draws most of the starts versus lefty pitching.

April 12, 2021 12:20 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Expected back early this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell could be cleared through the league's COVID-19 protocols as soon as Monday but will likely need another day or two afterward to get ready to rejoin the lineup, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.

Manager Dave Martinez said Sunday that Bell, Kyle Schwarber and Josh Harrison could all be back in action early this week provided they received clearance by Monday. The Nats could certainly use three members of their expected starting lineup back after losing five straight games and getting shut out three times in the last four, but there's no guarantee the trio is able to shake off the rust quickly. Bell should slot in as Washington's primary cleanup hitter and first baseman once he makes his season debut.

April 6, 2021 03:44 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: One of nine Nats on COVID-19 IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Nationals placed Bell on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, Jessica Camerato of reports.

Bell is one of nine Nationals players on the 40-man roster who will begin the campaign on the IL as a result of the team's recent COVID-19 outbreak. Prior reports have suggested that only four of the players in question tested positive for the virus, but it's uncertain whether Bell is one of the infected players or merely a close contact. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, players who tested positive will be eligible to return after 10 days in quarantine, while those ruled out through contact tracing can return after a week. With Bell on the shelf for at least the next 7-to-10 days, Ryan Zimmerman is projected to serve as the Nationals' primary option at first base.

April 6, 2021 11:16 AM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Not seen on field Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell was not on the field for the Nationals' workout Monday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

Eleven players in total are reported to be in quarantine for the Nats due to positive COVID-19 tests or being designated a close contact, and Bell's absence from the workout suggests he's probably in one of those groups. If he's one of the latter, he could still be cleared to play in time for Tuesday's game against Atlanta, but assuming Bell isn't in the lineup, Ryan Zimmerman would get the nod at first base against southpaw Drew Smyly.

March 25, 2021 01:32 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Power surge continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 1-for-3 with a home run and a strikeout in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

The switch hitting slugger took Jake Odorizzi deep as part of a five-run first inning for the Nats. Bell has been locked in at the plate and is now hitting .385 (15-for-39) with five doubles and a team-leading five homers this spring. If he can carry that momentum forward into the regular season, a repeat of his massive 2019 first half could be in the cards.

March 21, 2021 10:52 AM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Heating up to close spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is slashing .367/.457/.900 through 30 Grapefruit League at-bats with a team-high four home runs and a 5:7 BB:K.

He's also added four doubles, and he's catching fire as Opening Day approaches, going yard in each of his last three games. Bell had a disappointing final year in Pittsburgh, but if he can return to his 2019 form in his first campaign with Washington, he could take a run at the 116 RBI he recorded that season with Trea Turner (career .353 OBP) and Juan Soto (career .415 OBP) ahead of him in the batting order.

March 16, 2021 03:24 PM
Nationals' Josh Bell: Having solid spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell has gone 6-for-21 (.286) with three doubles and a home run over his first nine Grapefruit League appearances this spring.

The former Pirate has also flashed solid plate discipline with a 4:7 BB:K. Bell is coming off a disappointing 2020, but the Nats have the switch hitter set to hit in the heart of the order as their starting first baseman in hopes that he'll be able to rediscover the form that led him to 37 homers, 116 RBI and a .936 OPS in 2019.

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