Ciriaco willing to play wherever asked

Ciriaco willing to play wherever asked

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Using outfielder Gorkys Hernandez's glove to get him through, Pedro Ciriaco made his first appearance in center field on Thursday.

The last time Ciriaco played the outfield in a game, he said, was when he was a kid. But Ciriaco's athleticism and the Pirates' determination to get all they can out of the infielder's versatility has prompted the organization to test the 25-year-old out at the new position.

"I feel pretty good," Ciriaco said. "It was fun. You've got to adjust to whatever position you play. In the infield, everything is quicker. In the outfield, I think you've got a little bit more time to read the ball. I got one fly ball and one line drive, so it was easy today."

Other than tracking fly balls during batting practice, Ciriaco didn't have much time to prep for the position. His defensive ability seems to have him in strong position to win a spot as the club's backup middle infielder. Having Ciriaco serve as an emergency outfielder would simply be a bonus.

"You never know what they're thinking," Ciriaco said. "I think probably there is a little bit more chance [for me] to be on the team [by my playing center field]. You've just got to work and see what happens later."