Padres star Wil Myers is not a third baseman, but the Padres are trying him out at the hot corner anyway because that’s what you do when your offseason splash (Eric Hosmer) plays the same position and the team is 28 games under .500.
“He could be our Ben Zobrist!” the Padres are probably thinking to themselves, or he could be a massive klutz and take a groundball to the face during BP like he did Wednesday afternoon:
Beat writers and fans can spinzone this as a “bad hop” all they want, but when was the last time you saw a third baseman actually take a baseball to the noggin? It just doesn’t happen… unless you put a first baseman with no real experience at the position there.
Myers, who has dealt with various injuries this season (oblique, elbow, foot), was diagnosed with a lacerated nose and scratched from the lineup.
When healthy Myers has mostly played the outfield, with the third base experiment getting green lit in late July.