Josh Bell attended the IMG Academy this off-season with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, and Neil Walker.
The 2012 season was supposed to be the first full pro season for top outfield prospect Josh Bell. Instead, the outfielder went down early in the season with a knee injury. After undergoing MCL surgery, he was expected back by August. Some swelling in the knee held him out longer, causing him to miss the remainder of the season, as well as the instructional league games. The outfielder underwent Platelet Rich Plasma therapy to speed up his recovery, which finally allowed him to get back on the field.
"It's cool what technology can do for you. It's definitely different. I had never heard of it before, but I was glad I could get it done," Bell said of the procedure. "It definitely sped up the healing process for me. I got to the point where everything was kind of stagnant for a little bit, so it sped things back up and now I'm good to go."
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