Punto suffers hamstring injury vs. Royals

Punto suffers hamstring injury vs. Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Twins infielder Nick Punto left Wednesday's 6-4 victory over the Royals in the eighth inning with what the team is hoping is just a left hamstring cramp.

Punto bunted for a base hit, but when he lunged for first base, he appeared to do something to his left hamstring. He bent over and tried to walk off the injury. After being examined by assistant trainer Dave Preumer, Punto walked off the field on his own accord as he was replaced by pinch-runner J.J. Hardy.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Punto both said the hope is that it was just a cramp. Punto has strained the hamstring before, and he said the pain was nothing like those previous injuries.

"I definitely didn't do it bad if I did it at all," Punto said when asked if he might have pulled his hamstring.

Punto will be re-evaluated at Target Field during Thursday's day off and get treatment. The club said it'll be able to tell at that time if it's something more than just a cramp.