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August 5, 2020 11:28 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Comes alive at plate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double Wednesday against the Twins.

Bell was one of the few Pirates' hitters able to solve Randy Dobnak, as he smacked a double deep to left field in fourth inning. However, the highlight of his performance came in the final frame, when he caught up to a fastball up in the zone and drove it out of the park to straightaway center field for his second home run of the campaign. Bell has reached base just 11 times in 47 plate appearances to begin the season, though Wednesday's performance showcases the power he is capable of providing.

August 5, 2020 12:16 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Rough day at plate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Twins.

He has just one extra-base hit in 43 plate appearances thus far in 2020. Furthermore, Bell is batting .224 in his last 459 at-bats, dating back to July of 2019. He's a streaky hitter and could be primed for a strong run, but fantasy owners looking for consistency have been let down by the switch hitter.

August 2, 2020 11:00 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Out of Sunday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

The 28-year-old started the first eight games of the season between first base and designated hitter, but he'll head to the bench Sunday as he is 5-for-31 with a .440 OPS and 11 strikeouts. Jose Osuna will operate at first base for the Pirates in the series finale.

July 22, 2020 10:00 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Ready for action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell hit his second summer-camp homer Wednesday against Cleveland.

The 27-year-old has hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the three-game set against the Indians. Bell batted fifth as the team's designated hitter Wednesday, with Jose Osuna playing at first base. Pittsburgh is looking for a repeat start similar to 2019 from the slugger. Through the team's first 60 contests last year, Bell slashed .333/.398/.685 with 18 homers and 52 RBI.

June 25, 2020 11:40 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: More than a DH
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Derek Shelton said that he expects Bell to rotate with Gregory Polanco and Colin Moran as the team's designated hitter, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Whether he plays first base or serves as the DH, Bell will be in the lineup nearly every day. "Instead of maybe rest someone that we were going to play in our regular lineup that day, they'll have the ability to get four or five ABs, and I think that's extremely important for us," Shelton said. "We won't go with one person there." While he ranked last in 2019 among qualified first basemen in defensive WAR (-17.5), the 27-year-old figures to retain positional flexibility at first heading into 2021, given Shelton's comments.

April 1, 2020 05:24 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Will likely bat fourth in lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Although new manager Derek Shelton hasn't revealed his preferred lineup, Bell is expected to bat cleanup for the Pirates in 2020, Adam Berry of reports.

With No. 3 hitter Starling Marte traded to Arizona, the team will likely turn to Adam Frazier, Kevin Newman or Gregory Polanco to bat ahead of Bell. After a red-hot start to 2019, Bell hit just .232/.342/.476 with 19 homers in his final 371 plate appearances. The switch hitter's splits against left-handed pitching were disappointing -- he slashed just .224/.313/.448 with nine homers in 166 plate appearances. Against right-handers, however, he batted .297/.387/.615 with 32 doubles and 28 homers in 384 PA. He may get pitched around, given that Polanco, Colin Moran and Jose Osuna are likely candidates to bat fifth. As Pittsburgh's only bona fide power hitter, the organization will be counting upon Bell to produce big numbers in 2020.

February 15, 2020 06:56 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Makes offseason adjustments
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell is working to improve his throwing mechanics at first base during spring training, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

He's throwing from a three-quarters slot in hopes of making better throws from first base to second. Bell ranked last in the majors among 14 qualified first basemen with a minus-18.2 defensive WAR. The switch hitter enters his age-27 season with a reason as to why he feels he slumped offensively in last year's second half (he hit .224 after July 6). Bell claims he struggled because he went from synching up fastballs to synching up breaking balls. "I feel like if you're not synching up to the fastballs, you can't hit either," the slugger noted. "But once I started focusing more and more on offspeed pitches, I just went downhill for a stretch of time." Bell's name surfaced in trade talks, but it's likely the new management team in Pittsburgh will want to see what it has in its players before making any rash moves.

January 10, 2020 01:16 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Gets close to $5 million
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million deal with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

This is a pretty solid payday for a player's first year in the arbitration process, but it was well deserved after Bell hit 37 home runs in 143 games last year. He will be subject to the arbitration process again in 2021 and 2022 before he becomes a free agent.

December 16, 2019 02:40 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Normal offseason expected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell (groin) is fully healthy and shouldn't have any restrictions in offseason training, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Bell had been putting together a career-best campaign in 2019 before a groin injury forced him to miss the second half of September. However, the team said Monday that he should be "full systems go" for his offseason training. The 27-year-old recorded a .936 OPS with 37 home runs and 116 RBI last season.

September 25, 2019 04:28 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Won't return this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell (groin) will not return this season, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Bell was hoping to return before the end of the season, but the Pirates opted to play it safe and shut him down with just five games left and no chance at making the playoffs. The first baseman will be eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2020 after slashing .277/.367/.569 with career highs in doubles (37), home runs (37) and RBI (116).

September 23, 2019 10:00 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Glimmer of hope for return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Neal Huntington said during his Sunday radio show that Bell (groin) could return before season's end, 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh reports.

"He's making progress, it was going to be a multi-week injury anyway," Huntington said. "He's putting in the work. He wants to be healthy going into the offseason but ideally he'd like to finish the season healthy." Bell, who will be eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2020, has already set career highs in doubles (37), homers (37) and RBI (116).

September 20, 2019 01:28 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Still hoping to make it back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell (groin) will not be available for the rest of the Pirates' current series against the Mariners or their next series against the Brewers, but is still trying to make it back before the season ends, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Pirates don't have any incentive to rush Bell back from his injury, but it appears he is still hoping to make it back in order to end the season on a healthy note and add to his career-best 116 RBI. Assuming Bell does not play against the Brewers as expected, his next chance to play will come Sept. 24 against the Cubs.

September 19, 2019 11:16 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Remains sidelined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell (groin) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

It was reported Sunday that Bell would likely be out several days because of his injury, and that has turned out to be true, as he has not taken the field since. It remains to be seen when he will be ready for action again, but until he is, Jose Osuna figures to continue serving as the Pirates' primary first baseman.

September 17, 2019 03:28 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Out again Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell (groin) isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.

Unsurprisingly, Bell will be held out again Tuesday after suffering a left groin injury Friday night. He's not expected to return to the starting lineup until Pittsburgh's series against Milwaukee at the earliest. Jose Osuna should see time at first base until Bell is cleared to return.

September 15, 2019 06:48 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Likely out several days
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that it "wouldn't be surprising" to see Bell miss several days due his groin injury, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Speaking on his weekly radio show, Huntington said that Bell's injury was more than the day-to-day variety. Pittsburgh is off Monday before starting a three-game homestand against the Mariners, but Bell is probably trending toward a return no earlier than the team's weekend series in Milwaukee. The first baseman injured himself running from first base to second during Friday's loss to the Cubs.

September 15, 2019 11:16 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Still out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell (groin) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

Bell will be withheld from the starting nine for the second straight contest after leaving Friday's game with left groin discomfort. Colin Moran will cover first base Sunday while Erik Gonzalez receives the start at the hot corner.

September 14, 2019 10:08 AM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Out Saturday with groin injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell (groin) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Cubs.

He exited Friday's game with left groin discomfort and the issue will keep him sidelined for at least one more game. Jose Osuna is starting at first base and hitting cleanup.

September 13, 2019 08:28 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Nursing groin discomfort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell left Friday's game against the Cubs due to left groin discomfort, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Pirates will consider Bell day-to-day moving forward, though there'll be no need to push their star first baseman back into action at this point in the season, considering Pittsburgh is out of the playoff picture.

September 13, 2019 06:44 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Exits with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell left Friday's game against the Cubs with an unspecified injury, Adam Berry of reports.

Bell appeared to suffer the injury while on the basepaths, and he walked off the field slowly, per Berry. Jose Osuna moved to first base following Bell's removal from the contest.

September 11, 2019 02:44 PM
Pirates' Josh Bell: Slams 37th homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bell went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Tuesday in the Pirates' 5-4 loss to the Giants.

Bell's 37th long ball of the season cut the Pirates' deficit to one in the eighth inning before Giants reliever Shaun Anderson came on to record the final four outs of the night without much drama. Though Bell has seen his prolific power pace slow down in the last couple of months, he's maintained his typical strong plate discipline, reaching base at a .357 clip and striking out in only 17.8 percent of his plate appearances since the All-Star break.

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