Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

Josh Bell Discusses His Move to First Base and His Knee Injury

Josh Bell will be making the move to first base in the Arizona Fall League. (Photo credit: David Hague)

Josh Bell will be making the move to first base in the Arizona Fall League. (Photo credit: David Hague)

Yesterday it was announced that Josh Bell will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he will play exclusively at first base.

While in Altoona, Bell had been taking reps before the games with infield coordinator Gary Green, until a bone bruise in his left knee caused him to sit out the last couple of weeks of the season. Bell said that his knee felt good, and that he was only a few days away before he can begin to ramp up his workouts.

“I’m taking a step back from the wear and tear, but it’s fundamentally and stably there, nothing to be too worried about and I’m going to be back out there in a couple of weeks,” Bell said Tuesday night.

The plan for Bell is to go to the Instructional League after the Double-A season comes to an end, and then head out to Arizona to participate in the Fall League. Bell is not worried about the time he’s missed at Altoona with this injury.

“Its awesome to [not] have a ‘season ending’ injury, because in two weeks I’m going to have some at bats in the Instructional League, and [I am going to] get some more out in the fall league.”

Bell is excited about the opportunity to play first base, saying that having the ability to play another position is going to work out in his favor.

“Just another place I can play and hopefully be a utility guy, and play everyday whether it be in the infield or the outfield, and keep my bat in the lineup.”

Bell said he has played a little first base growing up, and played shortstop up until he made his High School Varsity team. He said that his time in the infield gave him some experience with ground balls and being around the bag.

Some of the challenges Bell has to take on include being involved in more plays throughout the game and knowing where to be when the ball is hit to different spots of the field. But Bell says he is excited for these challenges.

“I’m excited to get out there [in Arizona] and do my thing, and hopefully learn all I can and be the best first baseman I can be. It boils down to another challenge that I’m ready to accept and dominate in the upcoming years.”

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  • piraddict

    Great to hear that Josh is accepting a transition to 1B with such a positive attitude! Hope he picks up the nuances of playing there quickly.

  • Lee Young

    Even as an average first baseman, if he hits as promised, his bat will ‘play’ in our lineup quite nicely.

  • Andy Prough

    Ike Davis saves the day in back-to-back critical playoff race games against the dreaded Cardinals with gigantic home runs. Where in the world did that come from??? The dude does almost nothing all year and then just decides to save our season?

    • Andy Prough

      And Jeff Locke out-pitches Adam Wainright. And I’m thankful for old reliable Jose Tabata. Interesting times indeed.

  • Frenchman

    Great move by organization. ..and awesome willingness by Bell to move…outfield getting crowded with prospects….and Bell’s willingness to move hopefully makes himself more valuable! !

  • Kenny Moore

    I love this kid. I think we have a superstar in Bell. As he gets older and advances through out the system his power will develop. We have a young Carlos Beltran in the making!!

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