Bell says he learned a lot in the Majors

BALTIMORE– Josh Bell didn’t get to play often, but the Orioles rookie -who was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk prior to Wednesday’s game – called his first taste of the Major Leagues, nothing but positive.

“It was a pleasure being here, it’s the highest level so whether you are playing or sitting on the bench you are at the top,” said Bell who hit .263 (6-for-19) in six games. “There’s plenty to learn.”

Interim manager Juan Samuel said Bell was “outstanding” in handling the situation, which often left the 23-year-old on the bench in favor of veteran third baseman Miguel Tejada. Monday’s return of designated hitter Luke Scott further cut into Bell’s playing time and the best choice for the young switch-hitter, acquired in a trade with the Dodgers right in the days leading up to last season’s deadline, was to go back to Triple-A.

“He knows that we care about him,” Samuel said of Bell, who is regarded as one of the organization’s top positive prospects. “We wanted him to go back down [to Norfolk] as soon as possible and continue to play.”

Bell said the short stint helped improve his confidence that he can succeed at the Majors and now the challenge is to keep working hard at Norfolk and “wait for that day” when his stay in Baltimore will become permanent.

When that may be is anyone’s guess.

“Who knows,” Samuel said. “As you guys, know things change here on a daily basis. Josh was great here.”

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