Twins opening day third baseman and utility man Nick Punto is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained hip-flexor/groin. The stint will be retroactive to the 16th, the first day he missed due to the injury.
While Punto and the Twins were hopeful that the issue would take care of itself in a few days, that hasn't been the case. Punto will fly to Minnesota to have an MRI to make sure there isn't anything else wrong structurally.
In the meantime the Twins will have Brendan Harris fill in as the regular starter at third base. To take Harris' place will be AAA infielder/outfielder Luke Hughes. Hughes has hit decently so far this season, batting .271 with a .771 OPS while playing primarily second base.