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Garza on track; Braun may hit DL

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CINCINNATI -- Matt Garza tested his bruised right thumb during a bullpen session on Friday and, according to his manager, came through with no issues.

The right-hander appears to be on track to start Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.

"He looks good," said manager Ron Roenicke. "The black and blue's almost gone and the swelling's gone. And he threw really well. I don't think that's going to be an issue."

Ryan Braun continues to be evaluated as he works to come back from a sore oblique. With outfielder Logan Shaefer ready to come off the disabled list on Saturday, the safe route may be to DL Braun and give him an extra week or so to rehab. Braun hasn't played since April 26, so his DL stint could be backdated and he'd be eligible to be activated on May 12 (an off-day).

"We'll see what happens with Ryan today and see how he does," Roenicke said before practice. "He'll have to make a lot of progress to feel like we're close to him playing, and if not then we need to do something."

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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