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Bell named NL player of week

MLB Notes

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of May 13-19 on Monday.

Bell claimed his first career POW honor, and is the first Pirates position player to take home the weekly honors since Andrew McCutchen for the period ending October 2, 2017. Pitcher Jameson Taillon was the lone Pirate to win the award in 2018.

Here are some of the highlights for Bell during the last week:

n Posted a slash line of .407/.484/.889 with six runs scored, 11 hits, a double, four home runs, 10 RBI and four walks over seven games played.

n Among N.L. leaders, finished first in total bases (24); tied for first in hits, home runs and RBI; third in slugging percentage; tied for third in extra-base hits (5); and fourth in on-base percentage.

n Recorded his third career multi-homer game on Saturday night against the San Diego Padres (also: May 4th & May 14th). Became the second switch-hitter in franchise history to post three multi-homer efforts in a single campaign, joining Bobby Bonilla (1990).

n Became the first Pirates player since Brian Giles (August 1999) to register three multi-homer games in a single calendar month. Joined Bob Skinner (1959) as the only players in club history to log three such games before June 1.

n Enters play today with 14 home runs on the season. His 14 homers through Pittsburgh’s first 44 games of the 2019 season are the most by a Pirates hitter since Hall of Famer Willie Stargell (15) in 1973.

Elsewhere:

n Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has started throwing again after experiencing a setback in his recovery from offseason elbow surgery.

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says Morrow threw from 45 to 60 feet Monday in Arizona.

The Cubs shut down Morrow’s rehab last month after he didn’t recover well from a bullpen session.

n Indians pitcher Corey Kluber will have an X-ray on Thursday to evaluate his right arm, broke when hit by a line drive on May 1.

Kluber has had his arm in a cast since being injured. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Monday the cast could be removed and replaced with a removable splint, depending on the results of the X-ray.

n New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius played five innings of defense and went 2 for 4 with a walk at extended spring training in his first game action since Tommy John surgery on Oct. 17.

Playing against Detroit Tigers minor leaguers and in front of Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, Gregorius singled twice and cleanly fielded three grounders Monday but had an error for an errant throw to first base.

n Josh Hamilton says he hasn’t really thought much about baseball since knee issues ended his career. He last played for the Texas Rangers in 2015, and went to spring training each of the two years after that.

The Rangers said Monday that 2010 AL MVP Hamilton and former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame on August. 17.

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