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July 1, 2010

Bell's stay could be short

Both Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and interim manager Juan Samuel said prospect Josh Bell's stay in the majors could be a short one. Outfielder Felix Pie is expected to be activated from the disabled list Monday in Detroit, and Bell will be one of the candidates to go down to the minors at that point.

"We told him to not buy an apartment here, just to keep your options open," MacPhail said. "Certainly, [that's] one of the possibilities, obviously, depending on what happens on the field."

That's just fine to Bell, who got the news of his promotion last night and acknowledged he was surprised.

"It’s a blessing, I guess. I’m ready," Bell said. "Hopefully I’ll be able to contribute for right now, and we’ll see what happens."

MacPhail and Samuel said they still want Felix Pie to play a couple of games in the outfield before he rejoins the club. When they scanned the rest of their options, Bell stood out because he has been swinging the bat well.

"The more you looked at it and the position you had to potentially fill, the clearer the picture became," MacPhail said.

MacPhail said he has nothing on the immediate horizon on the trade front, so you can put that theory on Bell's call-up to bed for a couple of days. He also said the club has had zero talk about moving Miguel Tejada to shortstop full time, sending Cesar Izturis to the bench and playing Bell regularly at third base.

So for now, Bell will try to take advantage of the opportunities that he gets, even though there might only be a few.

"I definitely feel that I’m doing better, but I still know that there are things that I need to work on," he said. " I’m not exactly where I wanted to be, but I feel good and I’m ready. "

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 5:04 PM | | Comments (8)


This is just dumb. Call the kid up for the weekend series? Drop Jake Fox that was a dumb decision. Macphail has lost it, this is proof.

Bell should buy an apartment, just to stick it to the front office. Then, proceed to tear up major league pitching.

The genius of the Baltimore Sun Baseball Sports staff that Bell as superior numbers for this and all past season's. And the outstanding fan base say that Bell, who cannot catch, run, hit a ball or provide ANY APPRECIABLE TALENT to the team. Keep the stupidity flowwing boys and girls!

This might be a good way for Bell to see what he needs to work on after 4-6 games in the bigs and more inducement to do everything he needs to get back here for good..

Drop Lugo. What a disappointment he's been. And there's no future for him with this team. At least Fox can catch.

i live in va. beach, and have been to numerous tide's games this year. bell does not look like a major league ready third baseman to me.


I literally have no idea what point you're trying to make based on those sentence fragments. Before you call anyone stupid, learn how to speak (or type) english.

I think this is being done so MLB teams have an opportunity to get an early scouting report on the kid so they can humiliate him when he's called up late in the season.

Either that, or Andy is preparing for another trade with the Cubs for some crappy retread and Andy wants to ensure that Bell has very low numbers in order to inflate the value of what the Orioles will be getting.

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