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Josh Bell returns from Pirates' disabled list

Jerry DiPaola
| Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, 2:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Bell, right, is congratulated by Gregory Polanco after Bell hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Josh Bell, right, is congratulated by Gregory Polanco after Bell hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle can use his full complement of starters Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series in Colorado after first baseman Josh Bell was activated from the 10-day disabled list.

Bell was put on the disabled list July 28 with an oblique strain suffered the night before against the New York Mets. He missed nine games, and the Pirates lost five of them.

At the time of his injury, Bell was hitting .266 with six home runs ands 49 RBI. He was in an 0-for-8 slump, but in the previous nine games he was hitting .485 with a homer and seven RBIs.

To make room for Bell on the roster, the Pirates optioned Jose Osuna to Triple-A Indianapolis. Osuna was hitting .190, with two homers and eight RBIs.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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