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Pirates Notebook: Injury Updates, Josh Bell’s Defense, Remaining Free Agents

Josh Bell is still on track with his 2-4 week recovery from knee surgery. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pirates Notebook: Injury Updates, Josh Bell’s Defense, Remaining Free Agents

BRADENTON, Fla. - Every Wednesday during the season, the Pirates release an injury update via Head Athletic Trainer Todd Tomczyk. Today was the first update for 2017, and fortunately there was only one player who needed an update. That was Josh Bell, who is in week two of his 2-4 week recovery from knee surgery.

Tomczyk said that Bell is still falling in his projected 2-4 week return, and that he's currently doing on field work, throwing, and taking dry swings in the batting cages. Bell said earlier this week that he hopes to progress to hitting at some point this week. There's still no word on whether he will be ready for Opening Day, but the early signs of his rehab have been encouraging.

Chris Stewart and Gerrit Cole are both healthy now, but both had injuries last year. Tomczyk s...

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