Padres won't rule out using Myers at first base

Center fielder played three innings at position Sunday, has experience in infield

Padres won't rule out using Myers at first base

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Early in camp, Padres manager Bud Black was asked to name all of the players who have taken reps on the practice field at first base in morning drills. Black fell one name short, though that was no great transgression, considering the number of players the Padres looked at early in camp at the position -- 10 of them in all.

Add another name to the list -- center fielder Wil Myers, who played three innings at first base Sunday in the team's victory over the Mariners.

It was the first time Myers had appeared in a game at first base this spring, and it allowed the Padres to have him and Cameron Maybin, playing center field, in the game at the same time.

Could this occur during the regular season?

"Possibly," said Black. "The versatility that Wil has shown in his entire professional career is something not to ignore. [He's] 24 years old, athletic, has played a lot of positions as a professional. Even going back to his high school days, he's moved around the diamond.

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"As far as being creative, Wil is one guy we can be creative with."

Myers, still considered the favorite to start in center field on Opening Day, enjoyed the chance to play a new position, and he wouldn't mind if the situation came up again in the regular season.

"I consider myself a center fielder first, but if they ever need me over there, I would go over there and take ground balls and do whatever they need me to do," Myers said.

The Padres have used nine players in games at first base this spring -- Cody Decker, Yonder Alonso, Alex Dickerson, Jake Goebbert, Yangervis Solarte, Brett Wallace, Tommy Medica, Carlos Quentin and Myers. Infielders Clint Barmes and Will Middlebrooks have taken ground balls there in drills.

With Alonso out sick, Myers entered the game Sunday in the fifth inning, spelling Solarte. In three innings, he didn't have a ball hit to him.

Myers played two games at first base with the Rays last season and has played 15 games at third base in the Minor Leagues, so the concept of playing the infield isn't totally foreign to him.

"I like it a lot. Any time you can try something new, get out of the outfield, it's going to be fun," Myers said. "I played infield in high school. It's fun to see a different side of the game."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.