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April 02, 2013

Rangers LHP prospect Chad Bell to miss season following Tommy John surgery

Texas Rangers left-handed pitching prospect Chad Bell will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday morning, which will cost him his 2013 season.

The surgery will be performed by team physician Keith Meister and the recovery generally takes 12-18 months.

Bell, 24, moved up three classes last year, starting at High A Myrtle Beach. He was promoted to Double A Frisco three weeks into the season and was selected to the Texas League All-Star Game. He then got called up to Triple A Round Rock in late June, and finished the season with the Express.

Bell combined to go 8-7 with a 3.48 ERA in 31 games, including 21 starts, and put himself on the big-league radar.

The Rangers drafted Bell in the 14th round of the 2009 Draft, and he has gone 16-12 with a 3.23 ERA in 97 games (42 starts) in three professional seasons.

-- Drew Davison

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