Punto activated from DL

Updated: June 12, 2009, 1:37 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Minnesota Twins have activated infielder Nick Punto from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Alexi Casilla to Triple-A Rochester.

The move was announced on Friday before Minnesota's interleague game at the Chicago Cubs.

Punto went on the DL on May 29 with a strained right groin. The switch-hitter has been a valuable utility player for the Twins since 2005. He was batting .187 at the time of his injury, well below his .284 average last season.

Casilla was batting .180. Neither player had homered this season.


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