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Nick Punto | Second Baseman

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (39) / 11/8/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 195
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Saddleback (CA) JC
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Nick Punto has announced his retirement.
Punto signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks last winter but backed away from it just before the start of spring training. He never did latch on with another team. The 38-year-old utility infielder enjoyed an impressive 14-year major league career, tallying 798 hits and close to 8,000 innings in the field between the Twins, Phillies, Dodgers, Cardinals, Red Sox, and A's. Feb 18 - 2:01 PM

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Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale announced Friday that Nick Punto has backed out of his minor league contract with the club.

Punto isn't ready to announce his retirement, but he's decided to take the year off rather than try to make the Arizona roster on a non-guaranteed deal. It's not clear what brought about his decision, but he battled a few injuries last season with the A's, playing in only 73 games. Punto turned 37 in November.
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 03:08:00 PM

Diamondbacks signed INF Nick Punto to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

This confirms a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The 37-year-old Punto hit just .207/.296/.293 over 73 games with Oakland last season, but he offers some versatility and could win a bench job in the spring.
Wed, Jan 7, 2015 01:10:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks have signed infielder Nick Punto.

No word yet on the terms involved. Punto, 37, was released by the Athletics last month after batting just .207/.296/.293 over 73 games in 2014. He figures to function as a utility infielder with Arizona.
Wed, Jan 7, 2015 12:46:00 PM

Athletics released INF Nick Punto.

Punto, 37, batted just .207/.296/.293 this season for the A's while battling some injuries. The A's will still be responsible for his $2.75 million salary next season. Someone will get Punto a shot due to his versatility, but he might have to settle for a minor league deal.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 02:49:00 PM

Nick Punto's $2.75 million option for 2015 has vested.

So he'll be back in Oakland as a utility infielder. Punto batted just .207/.296/.293 this season for the A's, but he is still a solid and versatile defender at age 36. He turns 37 years old in November.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 05:57:00 PM

Athletics activated INF Nick Punto from the 15-day disabled list.

Punto has been out since early August with a right hamstring strain. The 36-year-old returns to a lousy .207/.300/.279 batting line over 204 plate appearances.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 01:57:00 PM

Nick Punto plans to test his right hamstring in a pre-game workout Monday.

Punto wasn't running at 100 percent over the weekend, but he said Monday that he's "very close" to returning. The veteran infielder has been out since early August with a right hamstring strain.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 05:34:00 PM

Nick Punto (hamstring) is still not running at 100 percent.

He was given a cortisone shot Tuesday and then did some running Saturday but apparently still has a ways to go. Punto has been out since early August with a strained right hamstring.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Nick Punto (hamstring) did some running on Saturday.

Punto was given three days to let a cortisone shot take effect, and it apparently did its job. The utility man could be cleared for action soon.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 10:15:00 AM

Nick Punto (hamstring) was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday.

The hope is that the shot will help speed along the healing process after Punto missed the last month of action with a strained right hamstring. He'll test out the hammy on Friday. The utility player is hitting .207/.300/.279 over 64 games this season.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 02:08:00 PM

Nick Punto (hamstring) is scheduled to take batting practice Monday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list.

Punto strained his right hamstring on August 2, but is now close to running at full-strength and a minor league rehab assignment doesn't appear too far off. Look for him to return around September 1.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 05:25:00 PM

Nick Punto (hamstring) has yet to swing a bat since being placed on the disabled list nearly three weeks ago.

Obviously he hasn't done any running, either. Punto's progress from a strained right hamstring has come along slower than expected and he won't rejoin the A's until rosters expand.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 09:43:00 AM

Nick Punto (hamstring) still hasn't progressed to running.

Punto strained his right hamstring on August 2, so he definitely won't be back when his 15 days are up. He may begin to run next week, but he's still a long way away from returning to the A's.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 06:37:00 PM

Athletics placed INF Nick Punto on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Punto sustained the injury while rounding third base during Saturday's game. It sounds like a moderate tear, so don't expect him back when his 15 days are up. Nate Freiman has taken his spot on the roster.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 12:18:00 PM

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