Two veteran relievers signed to Minor League deals, Brian Meadows and Kerry Ligtenberg, were released. Meadows had a 3.38 ERA in five appearances (two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings), while Ligtenberg had a 1.69 ERA in five games (one earned run in 5 1/3 innings). Neither would have accepted a Triple-A assignment."By doing it with both of those guys, at least it gives them two weeks and maybe someone can [sign them]," Krivsky said. "We just felt like there were other people ahead of them. Let's do it earlier than later and be fair to them. They've both been around and we respect their status." Cincinnati now has 43 active players remaining in camp. Big day for Guardado: Friday morning marked a first and important step in reliever Eddie Guardado's rehabilitation from ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow. Guardado threw his first pitches off a mound in the bullpen since his September operation. "It was good to be out there," said Guardado, who had been limited to catch and long tossing since camp opened. "It was awesome. I was pumped up for today, boy." Guardado, who had been chomping at the bit to accelerate his rehab program, threw 15 pitches -- all fastballs -- during the session. "All I heard was, 'Slow down!' It's tough when you're out there," Guardado said. "It is very hard, but I know I have to be smart. When they tell me to slow down, it's just for my own good. I understand that. But everything is going good. I can't complain. I felt good. The ball was coming out of my hand pretty good." A date for Guardado's next bullpen session wasn't known, but he will begin the season on the disabled list. The 36-year-old closer has targeted a late June return to game action for the Reds. Recovery from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery normally takes 9-12 months. Rain reshuffling: With Friday's game against the Blue Jays wiped out by rain, scheduled starter Eric Milton will now work in a Minor League game on Saturday. Fifth starter candidate Matt Belisle was also due to pitch on Friday and will see action on the Minor League side, too. Coming up: After missing a couple of starts, Kyle Lohse is set to return from a strained right hamstring when he pitches for the Reds against the Red Sox on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Hitters Adam Dunn, Josh Hamilton and Brandon Phillips are also on the travel roster. Jonathan Papelbon is Boston's scheduled starter.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less