"When you have speed, it dictates the situation," said Margot. "And it dictates the pressure that's on."
It's an unofficial number, but during the first two games of the season, Margot, Jankowski and Myers combined to take seven extra bases (counting steals and advancement on hits, errors and balls in the dirt).
"It's an exciting brand of baseball," said Padres manager Andy Green. "... [They] hit the ball around the yard, they can bunt, they can steal, Wil can drive it out of the ballpark. It's a fun top three of the order. The on-base element is going to be huge."
Christian Friedrich was placed on the disabled list with a strained left lat muscle last week, and he has not yet resumed throwing. Friedrich -- who remains at the team's Spring Training complex in Peoria, Ariz. -- felt "tenderness" in his pitching elbow, according to Green. He will be evaluated by team doctors later this week before joining the club in San Diego this weekend.
"His shoulder, where he had the initial lat strain, feels good," Green said. "He's had some issue regarding the elbow. They don't think it's anywhere near the ligament, but he still doesn't feel quite right, and he's going to get checked out here in the next couple days."
Padres keep Hessler, Vargas
Righty starter Cesar Vargas and lefty reliever Keith Hessler cleared waivers on Wednesday and were outrighted to the Minor Leagues. Vargas will join Double-A San Antonio, while Hessler heads to Triple-A El Paso.
The duo was designated for assignment last week, when the Padres shuffled their roster ahead of Opening Day.
Vargas has struggled to regain his velocity since he sustained an elbow injury last May. If he can find his form from early last season -- in which he posted a 3.34 ERA over his first six starts -- the Padres view him as a longterm option in the rotation.