15 Days Los Angeles Dodgers
Nick Punto homered, doubled and walked Tuesday in the loss to the Diamondbacks.
At least Punto has come to play this year, which isn't something that can be said of every Dodger. And he's getting a lot more playing time than expected. The homer, off Brandon McCarthy, was his first, of course. However, he's batting .368 in 57 at-bats. Punto hasn't hit more than one homer in a season since 2008, when he hit two.
5 Months Los Angeles Dodgers
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are likely to trade Nick Punto and Juan Uribe.
Skip Schumaker was acquired from the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to share time at second base next year with Mark Ellis. That doesn't leave much room for Punto, who is also behind Hanley Ramirez and Dee Gordon at shortstop. Uribe, meanwhile, has posted a wretched .199/.262/.289 batting line over the past two seasons. The Dodgers might as well just cut him.
9 Months Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodgers acquired INF Nick Punto, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, OF Carl Crawford and cash considerations from the Red Sox for 1B James Loney, RHP Allan Webster, INF Ivan DeJesus Jr. and two players to be named later.
Punto is somewhat of a misfit in the blockbuster haul for the Dodgers, but he stands to get a decent amount of playing time all over the Los Angeles infield down the stretch. He was hitting .200/.301/.272 with one home run and 10 RBI in 148 plate appearances for Boston. The 34-year-old won a World Series ring last season with the Cardinals.
12 Months Los Angeles Dodgers
Nick Punto went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
A big game for Punto, who entered Saturday's action batting just .132 (7-for-53) over his first 29 games this year. His ninth-inning solo homer -- a long blast to the second deck in right field -- was just the 15th home run of his career. The 34-year-old will have some fleeting relevancy in AL-only leagues while Dustin Pedroia (thumb) is sidelined, but he's not going to have many better days than this one.
5/5/2012 Los Angeles Dodgers
Nick Punto was hitless in four at-bats and struck out twice from the leadoff spot in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine hit Punto leadoff once last month, and that worked out well. This time, not so much. The scrappy infielder is now batting just .148 in 27 at-bats and has tallied just one extra-base hit. His last base knock came on April 10.
4/16/2012 Los Angeles Dodgers
Nick Punto is starting at third base Monday.
Kevin Youkilis is getting the day off due to mild groin soreness. Punto, who signed a two-year, $3 million deal in the winter, is off to a 4-for-10 start this season.
3/6/2012 Los Angeles Dodgers
Nick Punto will miss the Red Sox' next two Grapefruit League games due to mild soreness in his back.
They're both road contests, and the Red Sox don't want put Punto through two long bus trips. "Five hours on a bus isn't necessarily exactly the program we want him on," manager Bobby Valentine told reporters Tuesday. Punto is a lock for a utility infield job this season after agreeing to a two-year, $3 million contract in December.