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Punto scratched from Saturday's lineup

Punto scratched from lineup

DETROIT -- Twins shortstop Nick Punto was a late scratch for Saturday's game against the Tigers due to a left finger injury.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the injury involved the knuckle on Punto's ring finger, and he likely will not play again until after the All-Star break.

"Right now he couldn't even play catch," Gardenhire said. "He thought [he] might be able to play defense, but it's pretty sore. We'll try to stay away from him tomorrow, and hopefully he'll be back right after the break."

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With Punto out, Brendan Harris shifted from third base to shortstop and Brian Buscher got the nod at third Saturday.

Punto appeared to sustain the injury during his final at-bat in the eighth inning Friday night. He grimaced while taking a swing in the at-bat, and he's now listed as day-to-day.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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