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Punto in good shape, may avoid disabled list

Punto in good shape, may avoid disabled list

TORONTO -- A's infielder Nick Punto is day to day with a strain in his left calf, after struggling with it for much of Friday's game.

The veteran was actually believed to be a candidate to go on the disabled list, but he came to the park Saturday in improved shape.

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"It's better today than what we were thinking last night," said manager Bob Melvin. "It looked like potentially it could be a DL thing, and then he came in today feeling not near as bad as what everyone expected."

Punto is 9-for-30 with five RBIs over his last 10 games after hitting .200 with just one RBI in his first 22 contests.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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