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Martinez replaces Fontenot

WASHINGTON — The Phillies shuffled utility infielders Wednesday by designating Mike Fontenot for assignment and recalling Mike Martinez.

Martinez replaces Fontenot

Michael Martinez has only played in 16 games for the Phillies this season. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)
Michael Martinez has only played in 16 games for the Phillies this season. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

WASHINGTON — The Phillies shuffled utility infielders Wednesday by designating Mike Fontenot for assignment and recalling Mike Martinez.

Fontenot, 32, was signed to a minor-league deal and hit OK in limited action. He batted .289 with a .683 OPS in 47 games. Martinez, 28, spent all of last season on the roster as a Rule 5 pick. He's played in only 16 games this season.

Fontenot has a better bat, but he was made superfluous with Kevin Frandsen, who has a similar skill set. Martinez is a better defender who can play shortstop. Martinez has a higher chance of playing in 2013 for the Phillies, so they'll use him instead of the veteran Fontenot.

Martinez was hitting .271 with a .732 OPS at triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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Subtracting Fontenot puts the 40-man roster at 38.

The Phillies also announced Nate Schierholtz and Josh Lindblom will be active for Wednesday's game. Schierholtz will wear No. 22 and Lindblom is No. 43.


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