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.
"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.