Lee could see time at first base in near future

Lee could see time at first base in near future

Lee could see time at first base in near future
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Carlos Lee has yet to play first base in any games this spring, but Astros manager Brad Mills said Thursday there was a "very good possibility" that Lee could see some time there when rosters get trimmed down in the next week or so.

Lee has only taken ground balls at first base during drills, but considering the Astros could have him at first on Opening Day if they don't like what they see from Brett Wallace this spring, it would make sense for Lee to see some time there.

Mills said he's not worried that having Lee at first base would put pressure on Wallace.

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"We've talked to Brett about that," Mills said. "He's aware of it. He's a confident kid. He's confident in his ability and he knows the whole situation. If he goes out and plays like he's capable of playing, he doesn't have to worry about anything else. Just do what you can do and you'll be fine."

When asked what he wants to see in order for Wallace to win the job, Mills said it would be more than what's in the stats.

"We just have to see him play well and get more experience against Major League pitching, see how he swings the bat and go from there," Mills said. "He's hit everywhere he's been, and there's no reason to think he's not going to hit here, especially the way he came into camp.

"He's got confidence in his ability, and quite frankly, so do we."