Bucs mulling a move to first base for Alvarez

Bucs mulling a move to first base for Alvarez

PHOENIX -- After another unfortunate night at third base for Pedro Alvarez, Pirates brass at least is considering the possibility that the hot corner may have gotten too hot for the defending National League home run co-king.

Before being pulled in the seventh inning of a tie game Saturday night, Alvarez had committed his 22nd throwing error of the season, and also threw two others balls into the dirt saved from errors by first baseman Ike Davis.

Manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday morning that club officials are "having conversations" about moving Alvarez across the infield to first base.

"I'm still involved in some discussions," Hurdle said. "Hypothetically, is [a position switch] something you entertain during a pennant race?"

Assistant general manager Kyle Stark is here in person, and Hurdle also spoke by telephone with GM Neal Huntington.

For immediate purposes, Josh Harrison has moved in as the primary player at third base, a position where he made his 14th start of the season on Sunday.

Hurdle was not prepared to project beyond Sunday, however.

"I can't get into that, because we don't know if Pedro has been unplugged (from the position)," Hurdle said. "Pedro aside -- Harrison is the best defender on our club now at third base."

It's not just the glove, of course. Alvarez last homered on July 11, while Harrison had five homers in the first nine games of the road trip that concluded with Sunday's game. Harrison also drove in 11 runs between Alvarez's last RBIs on July 11 and Friday night.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.