In addition to calling up two left-handed relievers, Jake Diekman and Raul Valdes, to strengthen a struggling bullpen, Hector Luna was added from Triple-A Lehigh Valley when Layne Nix was placed on the disabled list with a sore calf.
Ruben Amaro Jr. said Nix could miss more than 15 days. "I don't know. He's pretty sore," the general manager said.
Manager Charlie Manuel said Luna got the call over Mike Fontenot, who was signed after the regular season started, in part because of what he showed in Spring Training while batting .302 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 53 at bats.
"The reports were that he was hitting pretty good [.274, eight doubles, one home run, 12 RBI in 29 games] and gives us a strong hitter off the bench. I understand Fontenot's a pretty good hitter, but I haven't been around him a lot," he explained.
Luna, 32, has previously played for the Cardinals, Indians, Blue Jays and Marlins.