SAN FRANCISCO -- The "holding pattern" delaying Mike Fontenot's return to the Giants was removed as quickly as Bill Hall received stitches in his lower left leg.
Manager Bruce Bochy said on Thursday that Fontenot would need more recovery time from his strained left groin. But the deep cut Hall sustained when San Diego's Jason Bartlett accidentally spiked him in the fourth inning that night forced the Giants to reinstate Fontenot from the 15-day disabled list Friday and summon him from his injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno.
Fortunately for the Giants, Fontenot reported that he ran and moved freely in Fresno's game Thursday against Tucson and estimated his mobility at 95 percent. The utility infielder played nine games at second base and one at shortstop -- Thursday's -- during his stint with Fresno.
Fontenot needed approximately six weeks to recovery from an injury that he initially thought was just a charley horse.
"The last two or three days, I felt a lot better," said Fontenot, who entered Friday batting .207 in 37 games with the Giants this year. "I'm letting it go on the bases and whenever I can in the field."
Hall needed seven stitches to close his wound, which extended to the bone. Bochy said that a plastic surgeon consulted Hall to discuss treatment options.
Hall had played sparingly since joining the Giants on June 11, hitting .158 (6-for-38) with one RBI in 16 games.