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.
Bochy downplays Qualls' ball spiking
SAN FRANCISCO -- While Andres Torres vented some frustration about Padres reliever Chad Qualls spiking the ball and screaming after a play at the plate Tuesday night, the Giants were ready to move on Wednesday.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he understood why Torres was upset with Qualls' reaction, but the showy moves have become a part of all modern sports -- and he didn't want his team to retaliate in a similar manner Wednesday night.
"Hopefully we go out and play hard. That's how we answer something we don't like," Bochy said. "I don't think it's something we can get caught up in because, like I said, we have some players who show emotion, too. Now, there's big plays whether it's the opposing team or us, and guys get a little bit more excited. That's the way the game is played now.
"It was kind of the unwritten-rule deal about sports. They used the adage, 'Act like you've been there before.' Now, it's all about celebrating your victory and showing emotion. That's what players do today."
Qualls said after the game he was just caught up in the moment, and he reiterated Wednesday afternoon that the move was not meant to offend Torres, who said he felt disrespected after Tuesday's 5-3 loss.
"I'm not making too big a deal out of it," Qualls said. "I meant no disrespect to anyone. It's a big series and I've got a lot of passion. I play this game with a lot of passion. It's just the way I play the game. ... I'm completely over it. Today is another day."
Bochy added that there were some "old-school" players who take offense to unnecessary and drawn-out celebrations. Despite some of his own team's quirks -- Brian Wilson's usual post-save routine, Sergio Romo's clapping and so on -- Bochy didn't think the Giants should be viewed as showboats.
"You can't say that, I don't think, because this is a team that won the World Series. It's not a team that tries to show up the other team," he said. "Sure, we have characters, but that's a little different than showboating or trying to show up the other club.
"It's something that I wouldn't tolerate, if I thought my guys were showing up the other team. There's a way to do things. But like I said, we have some characters, and we have to deal with it when other teams do it, too."
Affeldt draws chuckles with calf injury
SAN FRANCISCO -- An injury is usually no laughing matter, but even Bruce Bochy couldn't help but find some humor in the way Jeremy Affeldt tweaked his calf Tuesday night.
Affeldt's injury is nothing serious -- though Bochy would like to avoid using the lefty Wednesday night against the Padres -- and neither was the way he hurt himself during the final out of the top of the ninth Tuesday night, according to Bochy.
"I hate to say it, it's one of the funniest things I've seen when you look at it on video. It was a line drive to third and he jumps up to celebrate, then he grabs it. We all had to laugh. There's a picture of it in the clubhouse."
There was a photo of the injury in Affeldt's locker Wednesday afternoon, and Bochy even called in Affeldt to watch the game video, telling the 32-year-old left-hander, "You have to see why I've been laughing for the last 15 minutes.
"These guys have got to calm down their celebrations, especially the older ones," he added.
Bochy didn't completely rule out Affeldt from seeing time in Wednesday's game, as he is just a little tender, but listed him as day to day.
In other day-to-day injury news, outfielder Cody Ross took batting practice after "taking it easy" Tuesday. He said his mild left hamstring strain was getting better, though he didn't want to run and risk aggravating the injury. Bochy said Ross was available to pinch-hit Wednesday, just as he was Tuesday. Ross is hoping to be back by the Giants' weekend series against the Mets.
Emmanuel Burriss, nursing some soreness in his knee after being hit by a pitch Monday afternoon, was also available Wednesday, though he was not back in the starting lineup.
Entering Wednesday night's game against the Padres, the Giants' usually dominant starting rotation had yielded eight earned runs in 12 innings. On the previous seven-game road trip, the five starters allowed only nine earned runs.
After Tuesday night's game, San Francisco's No. 2 hitters have posted a .267 average this season, sixth-highest in the National League. However, that can mostly be attributed to the injured Freddy Sanchez's .289 average. Since Sanchez was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 11, the Giants' two-hole hitters are batting .209.
Giants catchers have recorded nine passed balls this season, including one Monday and another Tuesday. In 2010, with Bengie Molina and Buster Posey doing most of the work behind the plate, the club only had six passed balls all season.
Adam Berry is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.