ATLANTA — Josh Bell, one of the Pirates’ top prospects — and perhaps their only legit power hitter in the minors — had surgery today to repair the meniscus in his left knee. The operation was performed in Pittsburgh by Dr. Patrick DeMeo, and Bell will soon begin his rehab in Bradenton, Fla. The Pirates expect Bell to be back in action before this season is over.
Bell was injured Tuesday while running the bases in a game with Low-A West Virginia. In 15 games, Bell hit .274 with one homer and 11 RBI and had a .691 OPS. He also made two errors in the outfield. The Pirates gambled last year by drafting Bell in the second round after he told teams he planned to attend college. They changed his mind by offering a $5 million signing bonus, the fourth-largest in franchise history.
Game 19: Pirates @ Braves, 7:35 p.m. ET
Pirates (8-10): 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Clint Barmes ss, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Neil Walker 2b, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Casey McGehee 1b, 8. Rod Barajas c, 9. A.J. Burnett rhp (1-0, 0.00)
Braves (12-7): 1. Michael Bourn cf, 2. Martin Prado lf, 3. Freddie Freeman 1b, 4. Brian McCann c, 5. Dan Uggla 2b, 6. Chipper Jones 3b, 7. Jason Heyward rf, 8. Tyler Pastornicky ss, 9. Tommy Hanson rhp (2-2, 3.38)