Singleton makes debut in Philly -- with Astros

Singleton makes debut in Philly -- with Astros

PHILADELPHIA -- Jon Singleton finally realized his dream of playing at Citizens Bank Park, even if it did come with some unforeseen circumstances.

Singleton was one of four prospects the Phillies traded to the Astros in exchange for outfielder Hunter Pence on July 29, 2011, joining pitcher Jarred Cosart, outfielder Domingo Santana and relief pitcher Josh Zeid.

All four were on the Major League roster briefly this year, before Santana was sent back down. Zeid didn't make the trip to Philadelphia because he's due to have season-ending foot surgery this week, and Cosart was dealt to the Marlins last week.

"I'm excited to play here," Singleton said. "There's a lot of guys that I've played with who are with the organization, so it's going to be cool to see them."

Singleton, who was playing in Class A Clearwater when the trade was made, was subsequently sent to Class A Lancaster and made his Major League debut this year after signing a $10-million contract extension.

Santana, who was the player to be a named later in the deal, was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday for his second stint with the club. He was 0-for-13 with 11 strikeouts in his first stint in Houston earlier this year.

"I was sad, because I had a pretty good relationship with everybody," Santana said of the trade.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.