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Phillies designate Fontenot, recall Martinez

Phillies designate Fontenot, recall Martinez

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Phillies designate Fontenot, recall Martinez
WASHINGTON -- In a move made to bolster the Phillies' defense, infielder Michael Martinez was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, while infielder Mike Fontenot was designated for assignment.

Fontenot also swings a left-handed bat, something the Phillies have plenty of after acquiring outfielder Nate Schierholtz and calling up outfielder Domonic Brown from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.

Martinez, a switch-hitter who was a mainstay on the 2011 roster, played 16 games for Philadelphia in June, starting 13 times at second base. He was 6-for-45 with a home run and four RBIs. Manager Charlie Manuel said Martinez could act as a defensive replacement at third base late in games or spell Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins if either need a day off.

Fontenot hit .289 with a home run and five RBIs in 47 games, but was just 1-for-15 against left-handed pitchers.

"He swung the bat good off the bench as far as from the left side," Manuel said. But right now we're loaded with left-handed hitters."

Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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