Nick Punto 2B/SS ARI 4 months ago

Punto will not be at Diamondbacks camp and won't play this season, Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona reports.While Punto hasn't retired, the fact that he won't play this season could eventually lead to a decision to retire. He is now 36 years of age and coming off the worst season of his career, batting .207/.296/.589 with two home runs and 14 RBI over 73 games. The utility infielder debuted in the majors in 2001, and appears to be nearing the end of his rope.

Nick Punto 2B/SS ARI 6 months ago

Punto agreed to terms on a contract with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

The details of Punto's contract are unclear at this point, but it appears he will head to the desert in Arizona to play in the desert. The 37-year-old figures to face an uphill battle for a roster spot with the D-backs, who have depth at his main position (second base) with Aaron Hill and Cliff Pennington. Punto will look for a strong spring training for an opportunity to nab a bench spot in the infield, but there's no guarantee he will be on the roster out of spring training.

Nick Punto 2B/SS ARI 7 months ago

Punto was released by the A's on Friday, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Punto had been signed to a two-year deal before the 2014 season, but was released today to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. In his one season with the the A's, Punto struggled with injuries, appearing in only 73 games, hitting .207 over 198 at-bats. He will likely find a spot on a Major League roster as a utility infielder before Spring Training.

Nick Punto 2B/SS ARI 9 months ago

Punto was removed from the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee.

Punto was in the original lineup for the A's, but the Rangers scratched lefty Derek Holland (head) and are now starting righty Scott Baker, so A's manager Bob Melvin switched from a righty-heavy lineup to a lefty-heavy one. Punto was replaced at second base by Eric Sogard.

Nick Punto 2B/SS ARI 10 months ago

Punto could be a candidate to start at second base Friday, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Punto was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, and provided he remains free of hamstring discomfort, look for him to start in the infield for the Athletics. Alberto Callaspo committed several defensive mistakes at second base during the team's previous series against the White Sox, so manager Bob Melvin may look to sure up the position during the important upcoming series in Seattle. Punto isn't much of a threat with the stick, however, so don't look too far into this from a fantasy perspective.

Nick Punto 2B/SS ARI 10 months ago

Punto, on the disabled list since Aug. 3 due to a strained right hamstring, was activated Tuesday.

Punto is more of a depth player at a few positions who gives manager Bob Melvin a switch-hitting option when needed, but without a starting spot (not to mention his .579 OPS this season) his production will probably be limited with such little time left in the regular season.

Nick Punto 2B/SS ARI 10 months ago

Punto will test out his hamstring on the field Saturday and says he feels much better overall, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports.

He received a cortisone shot three days ago, and could be activated from the DL in a the near future. However, upon his activation he will still be just a platoon/utility option for Oakland, making him an afterthought in most fantasy leagues.

Nick Punto 2B/SS ARI 10 months ago

Punto (hamstring) received a cortisone shot for his strained hamstring on Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Punto got the shot in an effort to move closer to making a return from an injury to his hamstring that has sidelined him for over a month. He's been progressing well and was able to take batting practice last week, but he's still probably a few days away from rejoining the team.

Nick Punto 2B/SS ARI 10 months ago

Punto (hamstring) is still a few day away from being able to test out his hamstring to the fullest extent, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Punto participated in batting practice Monday, and is still working on his recovery from the injury that sent him to the disabled list Aug. 2. With Jed Lowrie also set to rejoin the team soon, Punto may see limited action even when he does return.

Nick Punto 2B/SS ARI 10 months ago

Punto (hamstring) took batting practice Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

It's the first time Punto has taken batting practice since landing on the DL, and a rehab assignment may not be far for the utility infielder. He's been running at close to full strength over the last couple of days, so it wouldn't seem that he has many more benchmarks to hit before he's cleared for game action.