Fontenot's return will force tough roster move

Fontenot's return will force tough roster move

SAN FRANCISCO -- With Mike Fontenot on track to return to the Giants as soon as Friday, Bruce Bochy will gain some depth and versatility in the infield, but it will also require a difficult roster move for Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean.

Fontenot has looked good in his recent rehab starts with Triple-A Fresno, hitting a home run Monday night and picking up two hits Tuesday, and Bochy said there is a "good chance" he will be activated in time for San Francisco's weekend series against the Mets. The utility man will play for Fresno on Wednesday and Thursday before being re-evaluated.

At that point, the Giants will have to make a roster move -- one that Bochy said will not be easy.

"They're, at this part of the season, always tough," Bochy said. "We talked about it [Wednesday] a little bit, Brian and myself. We know we have that coming up."

The most likely candidate to be cut appears to be Bill Hall. A free-agent pickup following Freddy Sanchez's injury, Hall has played sparingly. And it wasn't a particularly good sign for the veteran second baseman when Bochy opted to start Miguel Tejada, who had never played the position, at second two straight days with Emmanuel Burriss injured.

There will be another difficult decision awaiting Bochy and Sabean when Brandon Belt completes his rehab and regains his swing. Belt, also with Fresno but farther away from returning than Fontenot, has played first base and right field and will continue to see time at both positions, Bochy said.

"He's doing well, so it won't be long before we'll have to make a move with him," he added.

Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez (left bicep tendinitis) is also making strides in his recovery. Bochy said Sanchez felt "great" after throwing a bullpen session off the mound Wednesday afternoon. Bochy has said before there is no guarantee Sanchez will be reinserted into the rotation right after the All-Star break.