Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/18/12
SAN DIEGO Albert Pujols has won two Gold Gloves for his work at first base, but it's possible he may get a chance to play third base this season for the Angels. Manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols came to him recently and offered to play third, and the idea is currently under consideration. If it happens, though, it's not likely to be soon. "It's a long way off," Scioscia said Friday before the Angels opened a three-game interleague series with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. "Not this series obviously, but you always want to understand the versatility your team has and see if you can tap into it. Short term, a game or two, I don't think that would be a problem. "I don't think it's something we would want to take an extended look at, but we'll see." The subject came up as Scioscia discussed the fact that Kendrys Morales, who is usually the team's designated hitter, may sit against the Padres. In National League parks, pitchers are required to hit, so Angels starter Jered Weaver, who has 26 big league at-bats under his belt, was in the lineup. Morales has been taking ground balls at first base and may get a chance to play there at some point, Scioscia said. As a way to get Pujols, Morales and Mark Trumbo in the same lineup in interleague games, he could use Pujols at third. "He feels really comfortable down there, so we'll take a look at it and see," Scioscia said. "He's taken ground balls on the left side already." Pujols has some familiarity with the position. He played third base in seven games last season with the St. Louis Cardinals, although with mixed success, making three errors in 17 chances, an .824 fielding percentage. In 12 big-league seasons, he's played third in 103 games, compared to 1,372 games at first. "In the NL parks, you could keep Trumbo, Albert and Kendrys' bats in the same lineup," Scioscia said. "It's a long way off. I don't think it's anything we need to make a decision on right now. We're going to progress with Kendrys' work at first and see if it becomes anything that's a possibility later in the summer." It surely wouldn't happen before the Angels play the Colorado Rockies and Dodgers on the road for six games in June. "You're hoping Albert is out there at first base all the time," Scioscia said, "but if Albert was down a little bit of time and you're in a National League park and wanted to get Trumbo's and Morales' bats in the lineup, you would use it."
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