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KBO's Hanwha Eagles release oft-injured pitcher Chad Bell

All News 16:33 October 06, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 6 (Yonhap) -- The Hanwha Eagles have released their oft-injured left-hander Chad Bell.

The Eagles said Tuesday they asked the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) to place the 31-year-old American pitcher on the waivers. The Eagles added that Bell, sidelined since mid-September with shoulder issues, is also dealing with some elbow problems and that he wasn't going to be able to pitch again this year.

In this file photo from July 5, 2020, Chad Bell of the Hanwha Eagles pitches in the bottom of the sixth inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game against the Doosan Bears at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Bell went 11-10 with a 3.50 ERA in 2019, his first in the KBO, and enjoyed a great second-half surge. Over his final eight starts of last year, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, Bell went 6-1 with a 2.01 ERA and didn't allow a run in five of the six wins.

But he wasn't able to pick up where he left off to start the 2020 season. He missed the early part of the season and again a few weeks in July with forearm issues. Bell bounced back with a strong month of August, in which he went 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts.

Then in September, Bell developed shoulder problems and was deactivated following a two-inning start on Sept. 13.

Bell finished the year with a 2-8 record and a 5.96 ERA in 16 starts.

The Eagles entered the week in last place at 38-84-2 (wins-losses-ties). Earlier in the year, the Eagles also cut ties with their slumping American outfielder Jared Hoying and replaced him with Brandon Barnes. Right-hander Warwick Saupold is the only carryover from last season in the Eagles' foreign player contingent.

In this file photo from July 27, 2020, Chad Bell of the Hanwha Eagles pitches in the top of the first inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game against the SK Wyverns at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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