08/12/10 1:29 AM ET
Giants pick up infielder Fontenot from Cubs
Veteran bolsters bench; Minor Leaguer sent to Chicago
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
Fontenot, 30, is batting .284 with one home run and 20 RBIs in 75 games. He started 40 games for Chicago, including 29 at second base, seven at third base and four at shortstop. Acquired by the Cubs in the trade that sent Sammy Sosa to Baltimore in 2005, Fontenot is a .269 lifetime hitter in 422 games.Fontenot summarized his status like the true utility man he is.
"Whenever they need me to come in and get a hit or what they need me to do, I'm going to be able to do that," he said.Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated that he might give Fontenot some playing time at second base as an alternative to Sanchez, whose .257 average entering Wednesday was 42 points below the career average he took into this season.
"I could, depending on how it goes," Bochy said. "[Fontenot] can play some third, double-switch, things like that."Asked whether Fontenot could play shortstop regularly, Bochy said, "It'd be a spot thing." Fontenot unwittingly raised his stock in the first two games of this series. Monday, his quick relay home apprehended Travis Ishikawa in the 10th inning and temporarily preserved a tie. The Giants won an inning later, 4-3. Tuesday, Fontenot's pinch-hit, two-run double off Guillermo Mota extended Chicago's lead to 8-4 in the eighth inning. Fontenot's contribution proved essential, since the Giants scored twice in the ninth. "I wish I had him a day before," Bochy said. Crawford, 22, was the Giants' ninth-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He was hitting .255 with four home runs, 29 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 109 games for San Francisco's Class A Augusta affiliate.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.