Myers was in center field, batting fifth, in Tuesday's lineup against Oakland, a lineup which Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune calls "a fair representation of what the Padres figure to roll out in the regular season." It seems the Padres are happy with how Myers is handling the transition to center field. However, it looks like they prefer Franmil Reyes in the cleanup spot behind Manny Machado. Myers was always going to play -- his move to center affects Manuel Margot more than anyone.
Myers will start in center field and bat cleanup in Wednesday's Cactus League game versus the Diamondbacks. According to Dennis Lin of The Athletic, Myers will be making his first start in center since 2015 as the Padres look to give him exposure to all three outfield spots in the spring. Manuel Margot, Franchy Cordero and Travis Jankowski are all likelier bets to see more time in center during the regular season, but the Padres seemingly want Myers on hand as a short-term or emergency replacement at the position if any of the aforementioned options should succumb to an injury. Myers should see the bulk of his starts in left field in 2019 while Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado handle full-time roles at first and third base, respectively.
Myers will transition back to an outfield role in 2019, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Myers started a career-high 36 games at third base during the 2018 campaign, although his defensive play made him a liability at the hot corner at times (53 errors in 324.2 frames). As a result, the Padres have made the decision to send the 28-year-old back to the outfield, where he's spent the majority of his career. Myers also struggled to stay healthy last year, taking part in just 83 games, so he'll aim to correct that issue heading into his seventh big-league season.
Myers is not in the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks. Myers will sit after making eight straight starts and batting .281 with an .868 OPS over that stretch. Cory Spangenberg will slide over to third base in his absence, with Freddy Galvis moving to second base and Javy Guerra entering the lineup at shortstop.
Myers went 1-for-5 with a double, a walk and a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Giants. Myers doubled for the third consecutive game and now has five extra-base hits over his last six starts following a slow start to September. The 27-year-old did commit his sixth error since taking over as the Friars' primary third baseman Aug. 13, but the club appears committed to the position change.