Punto progressing, hopes to return within month

Punto progressing, hopes to return within month

ST. LOUIS -- Nick Punto expects to resume baseball activities relatively soon, and holds out some hope that he could be playing for the Cardinals again within the next three weeks or so. Punto has not played since July 28, the result of a strained left oblique muscle.

"[I'm] progressing nicely," Punto said Thursday. "Feeling good -- hopefully start some baseball activities shortly. But every day it's getting a little stronger."

Punto acknowledged that he still feels something amiss in the area of the injury. Until that's gone, he won't be able to play. But his progress has him encouraged. He's likely to start with a throwing program before progressing to running and hitting.

"You can definitely have a setback with something like this," he said. "So, yeah, just make sure it's 100 percent. When I get back out there, I've got to stay out there."