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D-Backs Recall Josh Bell, Designate Cody Ransom For Assignment

Bell was playing at Triple-A Reno, hitting .381 (37-for-97) with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 30 RBI in 26 games with the Aces. He was acquired from the Orioles on April 21 for a player to be named later (Mike Belfiore sent to Baltimore on May 12).

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound switch hitter has played in 79 Major League games with the Baltimore Orioles from 2010-11, going only 44-for-220 (.200) with 3 home runs with 18 RBI. Bell was originally selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2005 draft. The struggles of Ryan Roberts at the plate might have necessitated this move.

Bell will wear the jersey No. 15.

The 36 year old Ransom had played fairly well, hitting .269 (14-for-52) with 4 homers and 13 RBIs in 17 games with the D-backs this season. He began the season with Reno before his contract was selected on April 18. There are two more openings on the 40 man roster.

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