ARLINGTON -- Infielder Josh Bell is officially the odd man out as the Orioles promoted pitcher Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk to start Saturday's game.
Bell, who has started four games since being recalled on July 1, entered Friday's game with three hits in 14 at-bats. Interim manager Juan Samuel said Bell is an example of a young player who is better off getting at-bats every day in the Minors. He was batting .266 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs for the Tides when he was called up.
"We wish we could get him more at-bats with the way our club is, with so many guys that play so many different positions," Samuel said. "From what I'm seeing he's held his own. We knew he could play some defense. We just wish we could have gotten him some more at-bats. He's a young guy. And he's one of the prospects that this organization is counting on, and those guys have to play.
"There's no doubt, if we're not able to get it for him, probably the best thing for him and for this organization is to have him go down and play. If that's what the decision is going to be."