Bell up, Scott to DL
BALTIMORE– The Orioles recalled top position prospect Josh Bell prior to Thursday’s game, placing Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
Scott suffered the injury running around the bases during his seventh-inning home run and hit .326 over his last 42 games to raise his average from .177 to .274.
Bell is a former fourth-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers and was acquired by the Orioles along with right-hander Steven Johnson in exchange for left George Sherrill at last year’s Trade Deadline.
A switch-hitter with power, Bell batted .266 (76-286) with 24 doubles, 10 home runs and 44 RBIs in 74 games for the Tides. In 24 games in June, he hit .272 (25-92) with nine doubles,four home runs, 19 RBI and a .500 slugging percentage. Bell’s 24 doubles are second-most in the International League and tied for 12th-most in all of minor league baseball. He is tied for 10th in the IL in home runs.