Margot sustained a bone bruise when he fouled a ball off his left foot in a Dominican Winter League game earlier this month, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
General manager A.J. Preller acknowledged that Margot probably will be shut down for the rest of the winter-ball season as a result of the injury, but the outfielder's availability for spring training won't be in any peril. That being said, the lack of opportunity to gain momentum before spring arrives could hinder Margot's efforts to claim the everyday center field gig on the heels of a disappointing 2018 campaign in which he slashed .245/.292/.384 across 519 plate appearances. Margot still projects as the frontrunner for those duties due to his stellar defense and encouraging track record at the dish prior to last season, but he'll still face a challenge from the toolsy Franchy Cordero, who will vie for the starting gig now that he's made a full recovery from elbow surgery.
Margot was the star of the Padres' season finale and played the hero in the extra frame, reaching on a one-out triple before scoring the game-winning run on Jake Barrett's wild pitch. Though he concluded the season on a positive note, Margot was largely a disappointment for fantasy owners who were counting on the former top prospect to take a leap forward in his age-23 campaign. He saw his slash line fall from .263/.313/.409 in 2017 to .245/.292/.384 and regressed as a base stealer, nabbing just 11 bags in 21 attempts.
Margot went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Margot has seen his playing time cut in September, and he entered Saturday's game hitting just .183 for the month. However, he managed to hit his seventh triple of the season and reach 50 RBI for the first time in his career. Overall, Margot failed to take the steps forward that was expected of him, seeing both his home runs and stolen bases cut by nearly half from the 2017 season.
Margot is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Margot will sit for a second straight game as Travis Jankowski picks up another start in center field. The young outfielder is hitting just .196/.270/.268 through 19 games in September.
Margot is not in the lineup Saturday against Texas.
Margot has just one hit in his last five games. Travis Jankowski will get the start in center field Saturday.
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