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Why Has Josh Bell’s Rehab Taken So Long?

Why Has Josh Bell’s Rehab Taken So Long?

Josh Bell is still experiencing swelling in his knee.

One of the most anticipated debuts this year was the pro debut by Josh Bell, who signed for $5 M as a second round pick in the 2011 draft, and was slated to start off in West Virginia. That debut ended up being short-lived, as Bell went down in late-April with a knee injury. The outfielder ripped what would have been a double, but pulled up limping rounding first base, and was tagged out standing between first and second with an injury.

Bell ended up having a partial tear of his meniscus. The tear was on the lateral part of the meniscus, which can take a bit longer to heal. But right now Bell is beyond the expected return that the Pirates initially gave him. It's been three months since the surgery and Bell hasn't started a rehab assignment, with a lot of silence about his injury in the interim.

I caught up with Bell today in Pirate City to discuss his progress and see how the rehab has been going. The reason the rehab has ...

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