Nick Punto 2B/SS.. OAK 10 Days

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.. OAK 12 Days

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.. OAK 15 Days

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.. OAK 18 Days

Punto (hamstring) received a cortisone shot for his strained hamstring on Tuesday, Jane Lee of 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.. OAK 23 Days

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.. OAK 27 Days

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.

Nick Punto 2B/SS.. OAK 1 Month

Punto (hamstring) remains limited to light jogging, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Punto has progressed a bit since this point last week, when he was still shut down from running entirely, but he's not looking like a good bet to return before the end of the month. The 36-year-old has not yet resumed swinging a bat.

Nick Punto 2B/SS.. OAK 1 Month

Punto (hamstring) has yet to resume running, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

With Punto still shut down from running due to the hamstring injury, it's safe to say he will not be ready to return from the DL on Monday when first eligible. While there's a chance he could be cleared to resume running next week, it may be a long shot to think he could make it back before the end of the month.

Nick Punto 2B/SS.. OAK 4 Months

Nick Punto went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Orioles on Sunday.

Punto also walked twice, reaching base four times in the game. He delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning, giving him 10 RBI for the year. The part-time player is batting .245/.350/.311 this season.

Nick Punto 2B/SS.. OAK 4 Months

Nick Punto hit his annual home run and walked three times against the Tigers on Thursday.

The homer was the 18th of his career. If it holds up, it'd be the eighth season of his career with exactly one homer (his career high is four). Punto started at shortstop against right-hander Rick Porcello today to give Jed Lowrie a day off. He's mostly played second base against lefties, but given that he's outhitting Eric Sogard there, perhaps some additional at-bats could be coming his way. Of course, neither is ever going to me of much use in fantasy leagues, even AL-only leagues.