Cardinals’ Punto Out 2-3 Months
February 24, 2011 Leave a comment
The same day the team announced starter Adam Wainwright would need a second opinion on his throwing elbow (more on this story tomorrow), the team reported that utility infielder Nick Punto would require surgery on his sports hernia, rendering him unavailable for two to three months (ESPN News Link).
The team signed Punto in the off-season to serve as a security blanket mainly at third base, where incumbent starter David Freese was still recovering from an injury that required surgery on both his ankles in the months after the season ended.
Punto, a career .247 hitter, is widely known for his stellar defensive play at all of the infield positions, most notable second and third. The team plans to look internally for options to replace his presence until he is ready to come back to the playing field.