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Pirates’ Josh Bell will miss Tyler Glasnow, but eager to see how Chris Archer can help

August 4, 2018

Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, currently on the disabled list with a oblique injury, felt another sort of pain Tuesday when the Pirates traded pitcher Tyler Glasnow to the Tampa Bay Rays.

“Tough to see guys go.” said Bell, a second-round choice in the 2011 draft class with Glasnow, a fifth-rounder. “It’s going to be different without Glasnow. But definitely excited to get an all-star in Chris (Archer), and see what he can bring to the clubhouse.

Bell and Glasnow came through the Pirates’ minor-league system together.

“Every affiliate, moving our way up,” Bell said. “Wasn’t able to be able to say goodbye to him, but definitely happy for him and happy for the opportunity he is going to get there with the Rays.

“He’s one of those gamers where no matter what jersey he puts on, he still is going to be throwing 99 (mph). Definitely going to be a tough competitor, so just glad he’s not in our league.”

Bell said he and Archer also are no strangers.

“I know a lot about Chris,” he said. “I met him for the first time (when) I was in the Futures Game in Cincinnati. Met him just out with the guys, a cool guy, able to converse with him a little bit.”

Bell said he doesn’t know Keone Kela, the relief pitcher obtained from the Texas Rangers.

“I don’t know anything about the dude from the Rangers,” he said, “but a couple of my friends texted and said, ‘You got a stud coming over.’ ”

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