Washington Nationals’ Josh Bell dealing with swelling in left knee, headed for MRI…


Just a few hours after the Washington Nationals introduced veteran reliever Sean Doolittle was happening the 10-Day IL with a left elbow sprain, Nats’ first baseman Josh Bell left the lineup in Wednesday evening’s sport, between the top of the third and begin of the fourth innings as his left knee acted up on him.

Bell doubled the primary time up on the plate final evening, although he was thrown out at dwelling as he tried to attain from third on a grounder to 3rd base, however he returned to the sector within the third, solely to depart the sport earlier than the Nationals got here again out for the highest of the fourth.

After what ended up an 11-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Nationals’ supervisor Davey Martinez instructed reporters the left knee was the problem for Bell.

“He had a left knee was bothering him,” Martinez stated. “He’s going to get an MRI tomorrow.

“That’s all we all know. He’s received just a little swelling in there, however we’ll know extra tomorrow after the MRI.”

In keeping with what Martinez stated he heard from Bell, there wasn’t any specific play or anyone second when the infielder tweaked the knee. So what did occur?

“He truly stated he doesn’t know,” Martinez defined. “He simply stated he was at first base and it began tightening up on him, so we’ll get an MRI tomorrow and see what’s happening.”

Contemplating what they’ve handled by way of accidents early this season, with Joe Ross, Will Harris, Mason Thompson, Doolittle, and Aníbal Sánchez already injured, Martinez stated it has been troublesome.

“Coming in actual scorching,” he stated of all of the accidents. “So, hopefully [Bell is] okay, and we’ll see tomorrow.”

Bell instructed reporters he got here out of the sport out an abundance of warning.

“It wasn’t like limping off the sector, or something like that,” Bell stated after the Nationals’ loss to the D-backs, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.

“It simply felt like one thing precautionary. If I can maintain this now, then good issues will occur. We are going to see what occurs tomorrow, and we’ll go from there.”

“Proper now, I don’t really feel too horrible,” Bell added. “So hopefully it’s not something very critical.”

Bell received off to a sluggish begin in his first yr with the staff in 2021, after he returned from the COVID-IL, however put collectively a formidable season ultimately, and this yr, the 29-year-old received off to a powerful begin, with a 12-game on-base streak, which was snapped in Sport 13 of the season on Tuesday.

Earlier than that, Bell was 16 for 44 (.364/.472/.523) with a double, two homers, eight walks, and 4 Ks in 54 PAs over the primary 12 video games this season.

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