PHILADELPHIA -- Before Friday night's game against the Padres, the Phillies had to decide which of two infielders to bring up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley: Hector Luna or Mike Fontenot.
They chose Luna, and manager Charlie Manuel explained it was because he'd seen him in Spring Training. Fontenot wasn't signed until after he was released by the Giants at the end of the Cactus League.
Less than 24 hours later, Fontenot was added to the roster after third catcher Erik Kratz was optioned back to the IronPigs. The 31-year-old was in uniform for Saturday night's game against San Diego after hitting .300 with six doubles in 50 at-bats with Lehigh Valley.
Fontenot has played for the Cubs and Giants and, in fact, was part of the celebration at Citizens Bank Park when San Francisco upset the Phillies in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series in 2010.
Asked if he would bring that up to his new teammates, Fontenot grinned. "Probably not," he said. "That was fun playing here. I'm part of the Phillies now, but coming in as a Giant I always remember the atmosphere in both parks. It was unbelievable. It was fun to be a part of, but I'm ready to go forward here."
Manuel isn't sure exactly how Fontenot would be used. "I've seen him play second base. I know he's played some shortstop, some third. We'll use him like that. He can hit some. He swings the bat well. We'll try to work him in, get him comfortable and see where we go from there," the manager said.