Hot-hitting Wilson gets first start at first

Hot-hitting Wilson gets first start at first

SEATTLE -- Josh Wilson continued his migration around the infield Thursday, being penciled in to start at first base for the first time in his career.

It's the third infield position he's played in the series against the Cubs, as he filled in for Chone Figgins at second base Tuesday and played shortstop Wednesday.

Manager Don Wakamatsu will continue shuffling Josh and Jack Wilson at short, but he plans to use any way possible to keep Josh Wilson in the lineup. Wakamatsu had previously said first base would be a last resort, but with Wilson on a five-game hitting streak and batting .328 in his last 33 games, he couldn't afford to exclude him.

"We want to keep Josh in there, we talked about trying to keep him in the lineup and he's plenty athletic enough to do it," Wakamatsu said. "It'll be a good experience for him."

Wakamatsu added that Wilson getting experience at the position will add another option for later in the season, and he said the biggest adjustment may be limiting his range at first base.

"As a middle infielder you have an opportunity to get to a lot of balls, so just knowing the parameters of what balls you can get to [is the key]," Wakamatsu said.