Ramirez will give first base a go for first time in 18-year career

When Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison comes off the disabled list in a couple of weeks, newly acquired veteran Aramis Ramirez won’t be needed as much to man the hot corner.

To give him more opportunity to play, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle sat down with the 37-year-old Ramirez and suggested he give first base a try.

Ramirez figured he had nothing to lose, according to Pirates beat writer Rob Biertempfel, and accepted regardless of the fact that he’s played not other position than third base during his 18 big-league seasons.

"Whatever it takes for us to win, I’m willing to do," Ramirez told Biertempfel. "I don’t really know what to expect. It’s not going to be easy, put it that way. Talking with Pedro (Alvarez), I know there’s a lot that’s different between playing third and first."

Ramirez spent the first 5 1/2 years of his career with the Pirates. The club acquired him from the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the non-waiver trade deadline.

(h/t Pittsburgh Tribune)