Punto close to returning to Twins

Punto close to returning to Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- One Twins infielder is getting healthy just as another was knocked from a game with an injury.

Nick Punto's rehab assignment at Class A Fort Myers is going well, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. But the team will wait until after Punto plays another game with the Minor League club before making a decision on whether to activate him from the disabled list. If the reports are good, there is a good chance he will join the team for the road series at San Diego, starting on Tuesday.

One thing is for sure, though -- the Twins don't want him back until he is fully healthy.

Punto first injured his left hamstring in early May. He spent three weeks on the DL, rehabbing the injury, before returning to the Twins on May 31. But Punto was almost immediately reinjured while playing against the Yankees in his first game back on the FieldTurf of the Metrodome, and he was placed on the disabled list again.

"We worked him in last time before he was ready, so we are going to try not to do that part again," Gardenhire said. "Let's make sure we get him healthy."

Matt Macri, meanwhile, was forced to leave Friday's game against Arizona with a strained left calf. It was a reaggravation of an injury he suffered earlier this year while with the club's Triple-A affiliate.

The infielder is listed as day-to-day. He said on Friday that this version of the injury wasn't as bad as when he first suffered it.

Macri's MRI revealed the old strain, along with small amounts of fluid around the calf. Macri told Gardenhire prior to Saturday's game that he could play if needed, but he was not called upon.

Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.