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• Second baseman Darwin Barney hopes to have the stitches removed from his left knee on Monday. Barney suffered a knee laceration in the final exhibition game March 30 in Houston and is on the disabled list. He has been able to take batting practice and was going to ride a stationary bike on Sunday.

"He's able to bend his knee all the way now," Sveum said. "He's been hitting and taking ground balls straight at him. He'll be ready to go, just guessing five days from now, and be back with us after the off-day [April 15]."

Barney was expected to get some at-bats at Class A Kane County this week.

• Ian Stewart, on the disabled list with a strained left quad, went 1-for-4 on Saturday in Mesa during an extended spring training game. He was the designated hitter, and had no setbacks, Sveum said.

After an off-day Sunday, Stewart was expected to get another four to six at-bats on Monday in Mesa. He could begin a rehab assignment in one week.

• Matt Garza, sidelined with a strained left lat, threw his second bullpen on Sunday. He was not expected to return until May.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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