By Jason Shetler
According to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, Josh Bell is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Bell enjoyed success offensively in 2016 for both the Indianapolis Indians and the Pirates. While with the Indians, Bell put up the fifth best OPS in the International League at .850. In 152 plate appearances with the Bucs, he posted a .775 OPS, thanks in part to on base of .368, which was seventh best among MLB rookies.
On February 1st, Bell underwent minor knee surgery. The recovery time took about a month, as he played his first game on March 6th. The news of Bell being ready for Opening Day isn’t much of a surprise, unless there was setback. With the Pirates opening the season in Boston, the question becomes if Bell will play first base or be used as the designated hitter for that series.