(3/5/2010) Two of the Nationals key offseason additions to their bullpen, righty Matt Capps and lefty Eddie Guardado, failed to impress Thursday. Capps, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal this December, gave up a home run to Jason Michaels in the fifth on the first pitch and allowed two runs in an inning of work. Guardado, who signed a non-guaranteed, minor league deal in December, allowed a homer to Yordany Ramirez and gave up three runs on four hits in an inning.
(12/29/2009) Veteran left-handed reliever Eddie Guardado and the Nationals have agreed to terms on a minor league deal. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo made the announcement Saturday. Terms were not disclosed. The 39-year-old Guardado is fourth among active pitchers with 908 appearances in a 17-year career with the Rangers, Twins, Mariners and Reds. The two-time All-Star has 187 career saves -- including an AL-leading 45 in 2002.
(9/25/2009) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado is ready to take on a new moniker after 17 seasons in the major leagues. The left-hander known as "Everyday Eddie" said Friday that he is probably going to retire after this season so that he can become an "everyday daddy" to his three children, who range between 4 and 12 years old. "I had a great ride. I've achieved more than I ever thought in my life in this game," Guardado said before the Rangers opened their final homestand against Tampa Bay. "I think it's time to go home and be a daddy. The kids are getting bigger and I'm missing a lot of things. ... And my body's telling me, I think, a little bit too."
Guardado weighing retirement
(9/23/2009) From The Sports Xchange notes: LHP Eddie Guardado, who moved into a tie with Cy Young for 20th on the career appearances list with No. 906 on Monday, is considering retiring after this season. Guardado, who turns 39 on Oct. 2, has pitched through a number of shoulder issues over the last couple of years. Since Aug. 1, Guardado has a 7.20 ERA and a two-week stint on the DL.
(8/20/2009) The Rangers put LHP Eddie Guardado on the disabled list with left knee inflammation and recalled RHP Willie Eyre from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Guardado move was retroactive to Saturday.
Guardado reaches games milestone
(8/5/2009) Texas' Eddie Guardado appeared in his 900th game, pitching a scoreless seventh in the Rangers' 6-0 loss at Oakland on Tuesday night. Guardado became the fifth left-hander to appear in as many games, and ranks third among active pitchers in games.
Rangers bullpen doing well
(7/20/2009) From The Sports Xchange: Five Ranger relievers combined for eight scoreless innings in the victory over Minnesota on Sunday. RHP Doug Mathis (two innings), LHP Eddie Guardado and RHP Darren O'Day (one inning apiece), LHP C.J. Wilson and RHP Dustin Nippert (two innings) combined to allow two hits and two walks. The bullpen has a 3.09 ERA since June 1 and has lowered its ERA from 4.90 to 3.92 in that time.
Guardado leaves with fanfare, ejected
(4/30/2009) Left-hander Eddie Guardado has been ejected from the Rangers' game against the Athletics. Guardado entered Thursday's game with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He threw four balls to the only batter he faced and was lifted by manager Ron Washington. As Guardado was walking off the mound, he had words with umpire Angel Campos, who remained near the plate. Campos then ejected Guardado, who slung his glove and cap toward the stands near the Rangers dugout. The veteran pitcher then raised both arms over his head to incite the fans, who responded with cheers as he stomped into the dugout.
Guardado loses to Orioles
(4/15/2009) Texas RP Eddie Guardado allowed Adam Jones to hit a two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning on Tuesday to earn his first loss of the season. Guardado went 2/3 of an inning and allowed four hits and four runs as he fell to 0-1 on the year. He also walked a batter. Guardado now has a 15.00 ERA in three innings.
Guardado's contract purchased
(4/5/2009) Texas RP Eddie Guardado had his contract purchased from the minor leagues by the Rangers on Sunday as he made the 25-man roster out of spring training.
Jennings, Guardado in Texas bullpen
(4/1/2009) The Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers SP Jason Jennings and RP Eddie Guardado have secured spots in the Texas bullpen to start the season.
Guardado able to pitch one inning
(3/26/2009) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado, who has experienced shoulder soreness this spring consistent with what he felt last season, pitched a perfect inning Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Guardado has ongoing shoulder pain
(3/18/2009) Rangers LHP Eddie Guardado is experiencing shoulder soreness consistent with what he felt last season. Guardado, who last pitched on March 12, will undergo further evaluation.
Guardado serves up a Sweeney bomb
(3/12/2009) Texas RP Eddie Guardado gave up a home run to Mike Sweeney in one inning of work on Thursday against the Mariners. It was the only hit he allowed as he stuck out a batter in the inning as well.
Guardado hangs on for spring save
(3/7/2009) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado (back) returned to action during Saturday's spring game against the White Sox. He allowed a run on one hit and one walk in the ninth inning, but still closed out the game for his first spring save.
Guardardo tosses sim game Wednesday
(3/4/2009) The Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers RP Eddie Guardado (back) pitched in a simulated game on Wednesday.
Guardado's back acting up
(3/2/2009) The Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers RP Eddie Guardado has been scratched from his scheduled appearance Monday with stiffness in his back.
Guardado rocked on Thursday
(2/26/2009) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado had a rough outing on Thursday against the Royals. He allowed three runs to score on three hits and a walk that included a triple hit by Ross Gload.
Rangers invite Guardado to spring
(2/3/2009) The Texas Rangers re-signed LHP Eddie Guardado to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training Tuesday.
Rangers interested in Guardado
(12/10/2008) GM Jon Daniels told the Dallas Morning News the Rangers plan to talk to reliever Eddie Guardado about rejoining the team.
(8/25/2008) The Twins acquired LHP Eddie Guardado from the Rangers in exchange for RHP Mark Hamburger on Monday. Guardado will aid a struggling Twins bullpen and help set up for closer Joe Nathan, while the Rangers will go to a bullpen committee perhaps headed by Frank Francisco initially.
Guardado struggles with side work
(8/23/2008) Rangers closer Eddie Guardado, who hadn't pitched in five days, got some work in a non-save situation Friday against the Indians. He allowed two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning, issuing three walks.
Guardado picks up easy fourth save
(8/17/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado, who recently took over as closer when C.J. Wilson went on the DL, pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his fourth save in four opportunities Saturday against the Rays. He issued one walk.
Guardado pitches non-save situation
(8/15/2008) Rangers closer Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth inning in a non-save situation Thursday at Boston. He allowed one run on two hits.
Guardado likely closer rest of year
(8/11/2008) Texas Rangers closer C.J. Wilson has decided to have surgery on his left elbow and will miss the rest of the season. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Wilson opted for surgery after meeting Monday in California with Dr. Lewis Yocum. The operation to clean up bone spurs and bone chips will be done later this week. "We'd like to have C.J. help us down the stretch, but he knows his elbow better than anyone else, and he didn't feel he could help the club," Daniels wrote in an e-mail response. Daniels said doctors feel Wilson should be fully recovered "well in advance of spring training." Eddie Guardado became the closer when Wilson went on the 15-day DL.
Guardado taking over as saves man
(8/6/2008) The Rangers placed RP C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list after Tuesday's game against the Yankees with bone spurs in his left elbow. They had previously removed RP C.J. Wilson him from the closer's role, letting him work on his mechanics. Eddie Guardado will close in his place. Guardado picked up a save Tuesday against the Yankees, issuing one walk and recording one strikeout in one perfect inning.
Guardado to stay as setup man
(8/5/2008) Rangers manager Ron Washington said RP C.J. Wilson will remain the long-term closer even though Washington used Eddie Guardado in the ninth on Sunday night. Washington and new pitching coach Andy Hawkins met with Wilson on Monday to determine how to get the reliever back on track. He has allowed multiple runs in four of 10 outings, increasing his from 4.34 to 5.28. Hawkins has detected a mechanical flaw on Wilson's breaking pitches that might be contributing to a recent lack of control. Wilson indicated he might have a tired arm.
Guardado, not Wilson, was to close?
(8/4/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: Rangers manager Ron Washington said he was just keeping the promise he made in spring training, but, at least to the casual observer, the club sure looked like one that might be transitioning to a new closer Sunday night. With the Rangers holding a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth, it was Eddie Guardado, not closer C.J. Wilson, who warmed up. The Rangers scored three more runs in the inning, thus neutralizing the save opportunity, but Guardado pitched ninth anyway. "I told you guys at the beginning of the year that there will be times when I go to Eddie, and I wanted to go to Eddie (Sunday)," Washington said after the 8-4 win Sunday. "That's not C.J. falling out of favor or losing his job, it's nothing like that."
Guardado, Wilson awful Wednesday
(7/23/2008) Rangers RPs Eddie Guardado and C.J. Wilson struggled mightily Wednesday in a 10-8 loss to the White Sox. Guardado allowed a double, single, wild pitch, double, sac fly and a walk before Wilson entered and gave up a three-run homer to Carlos Quentin. Guardado was saddled with the loss.
Guardado picks up rare save Friday
(7/12/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado came in with the bases loaded and a five-run lead Friday against the White Sox. He retired the only batter he faced for his second save.
Guardado extends scoreless streak
(7/9/2008) LHP Eddie Guardado pitched another scoreless inning to extend his scoreless streak to 9 2/3 innings Tuesday over his past 10 outings. During that time, Guardado has allowed four hits and one walk.
Guardado throws a scoreless inning
(7/5/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado, who hadn't pitched since Sunday because of an inflamed left shoulder, returned to the mound Friday at Baltimore. He allowed one hit in one scoreless inning.
Guardado doesn't pitch on Wednesday
(7/3/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado (shoulder) didn't return to the mound Wednesday at the Yankees. He said he was ready to go, but manager Ron Washington preferred not to use him until Friday at Baltimore.
Guardado says he's ready to go
(7/2/2008) While manager Ron Washington said he'd like to avoid using Rangers RP Eddie Guardado until the Rangers get to Baltimore on Friday, as Texas is off Thursday, Guardado says he's OK to play now. "I'll be ready (for Wednesday)," Guardado said. "Each time I do this, it gets better more quickly. It's something I've got to deal with and something I've got to monitor, but I'll be ready."
Guardado out until weekend
(7/1/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado, who hurt his shoulder Monday warming up, had better range of motion Tuesday and in the worst case would be ready to pitch this weekend. He missed his second straight game Tuesday against the Yankees.
Guardado feels 'twinge' in shoulder
(7/1/2008) The Rangers lost RP Eddie Guardado to an inflamed left shoulder while he was warming up to pitch the eighth inning Monday at the Yankees. Texas led by a run when Guardado trotted in from the bullpen and started to warm up. He quickly stopped, rubbed his left shoulder and, with the Texas trainer looking on, left the game. He was listed as day-to-day. "He felt a twinge," manager Washington said.
Everyday Eddie healthy, productive
(6/30/2008) LHP Eddie Guardado ran his streak of scoreless appearances to six in a row with a perfect eighth inning Sunday. Guardado has allowed runs in only one of his past 12 appearances. He has held hitters to a .108 batting average in that span.
Guardado implodes in setup role
(6/18/2008) LHP Eddie Guardado, the Rangers' newest eighth-inning solution, allowed three runs Tuesday. The bullpen crisis is deepening. Rangers relievers have compiled a 7.76 ERA since June 1 and are 2-5 with a pair of blown saves in that stretch. In June, they've allowed opponents a .307 batting average and .389 on-base percentage.
Wilson gets one last chance?
(5/21/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: Left-hander C.J. Wilson remains the Rangers closer. For now. Manager Ron Washington said he would "probably" give the ball to Wilson in the Rangers' next save situation. But he didn't commit past that. "He's going through some growing pains," Washington said a day after Wilson blew a 6-5 lead against the Twins. "But we feel like he is mentally tough enough to handle it. If the opportunity comes up, we'll see if he wants it. I'd like to get him back out there and in the same situation as soon as I can." Eddie Guardado is the likely replacement option if Wilson fails again.
Rangers consider change at closer?
(5/20/2008) Rangers manager Ron Washington might soon contemplate giving former closer Eddie Guardado the ball for the ninth inning again. Current closer C.J. Wilson blew a save for the second time in 10 tries Monday night against the Twins, and though most of them were given up with big leads, Wilson has allowed 11 earned runs in his last 11 2/3 innings. "We need to figure out a way to straighten him out," Washington said of Wilson. "We haven't gotten there yet. We'll talk about it and see what we have to do."
Guardado ends his saves drought
(5/14/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth inning Tuesday against the Mariners for his first save since Aug. 12, 2006, for the Cincinnati Reds. He struck out two in a perfect frame.
Guardado wants to see more action
(5/7/2008) The Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers RP Eddie Guardado isn't having much fun sitting in the bullpen a lot these days. "I know they are trying to be careful with me, which is nice," said Guardado, who threw nine pitches Monday in his fourth outing since returning from the DL. "But I'm here to pitch. I want to help. I wouldn't be in this game as long as I have been if I wasn't willing to take the ball."
Rangers activate reliever Guardado
(4/25/2008) The Rangers activated RP Eddie Guardado (shoulder) from the 15-day DL on Friday.
Guardado to be activated Wednesday
(4/23/2008) MLB.com reports that the Rangers expect to activate Eddie Guardado (shoulder) off the disabled list on Wednesday. "I feel good," Guardado said before Tuesday's game with the Tigers. "I'm ready to get after it and see what happens. My bullpen [on Monday] was a lot better than two days ago. I'm getting better every time out. I'll be ready for [Wednesday]."
Guardado not coming off DL just yet
(4/19/2008) The Rangers have decided to hold off on activating RP Eddie Guardado, who is on the DL with a sore left shoulder. Guardado threw a bullpen session Saturday and said his shoulder still felt weak, according to MLB.com. "It's getting better every day," Guardado said. "Today was great, but I still feel weak."
(4/12/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 5 with a sore shoulder on Saturday. The 37-year-old Guardado is attempting to comeback from Tommy John surgery in 2006. He has made two appearances with the Rangers this season. "It's frustrating because I get where I want to be and then I have this setback," Guardado said. "It's not fun. But I didn't want to be stupid. I want to be smart about this."
C. Wilson rests; Benoit his backup
(4/11/2008) The Rangers gave closer C.J. Wilson the night off Friday after he saved both ends of Thursday's doubleheader sweep. RHP Joaquin Benoit was to serve as the closer if Texas needed one.
Guardado still waiting in wings
(4/9/2008) With Rangers closer C.J. Wilson healthy for now, RP Eddie Guardado has been limited to a couple of late-inning appearances so far this season.
RP Guardado healthy, will set up
(3/30/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado, who missed some time this spring with a strained knee and a viral infection, will begin the season in the bullpen as a setup man to closer C.J. Wilson. He made a start Friday against the White Sox and pitched a scoreless inning.
Guardado should be ready to roll
(3/23/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado (knee) threw in a minor-league game Sunday despite battling the flu, reports MLB.com. "He threw the ball good, but he's still sick," pitching coach Mark Connor said. "He's coughing and still having trouble breathing. But true to his personality, he went out there and threw 17 pitches. I'd just like to get this stuff out of his system." Guardado and Connor both insist he'll be ready for opening day.
Guardado suffers another injury
(3/12/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado hurt his leg Wednesday against the Cubs while pitching to Daryle Ward in the fifth and was taken to the trainer's room. The preliminary prognosis was a strained left knee tendon, but it is not considered serious. He allowed two hits and two runs on an Alfonso Soriano homer in 2/3 innings of work. He struck out one while recording his first blown save this spring.
Guardado still wants to close
(3/6/2008) While Eddie Guardado still wants to be the closer -- "I love closing. It's in my heart," he said -- he realizes his role in Texas initially will likely be as a setup man and mentor to fellow left-hander C.J. Wilson, who took over the closing role last season when former NL Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne was traded. "He's really hilarious and he's very serious about his job. ... We can respect him for his sense of humor, and also his leadership," Wilson said. "It's a perfect, perfect fit for the young guys that we have." Wilson has biceps tendinitis, though, so Guardado could get a look to close in his indefinite absence.
C.J. Wilson has biceps tendinitis
(3/6/2008) Rangers closer C.J. Wilson has biceps tendinitis, according to the Dallas Morning News, and pitching coach Mark Connor isn't sure when Wilson will return.
Guardado squeezes out of jam
(3/5/2008) Rangers RP Eddie Guardado, who had elbow problems the last two seasons, allowed a hit and a walk, but got out of the jam he created during a scoreless inning of work during Wednesday's spring game against the Brewers. He has not allowed a run in two innings of work this spring.
Texas adds Guardado to closer mix
(1/11/2008) Reliever Eddie Guardado and the Rangers agreed Friday to a $2 million, one-year contract that allows him to make an additional $4 million in performance bonuses. The two-time All-Star came back for the final two months of last season with Cincinnati after having elbow ligament-replacement surgery in 2006. The left-hander had no record and a 7.24 ERA in 15 appearances for the Reds. The 16-year veteran ranks 11th among active pitchers with 183 saves. He was a closer as recently as 2006 in Seattle, where was demoted and later traded to the Reds. Guardado spent the first 11 years of his career in Minnesota and had a career-high 45 saves for the Twins in 2002, the first of consecutive All-Star seasons. He can make $1.5 million in bonuses based on games and an additional $2.5 million in bonuses based on games finished.
Guardado close to deal with Texas
(1/9/2008) Left-hander Eddie Guardado is close to reaching a contract with the Rangers, who could use some experience at the back of their bullpen. The 37-year-old reliever became a free agent when the Reds declined to pick up his $3.5 million option for next season. Guardado is making a comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery in September 2006. Agent Kevin Kohler said in a telephone interview Tuesday the deal with Texas should be completed this week. The Reds and Rangers were among four teams that made solid offers, Kohler said. The Rangers would become Guardado's fourth major league team. He pitched for Minnesota from 1993-03, developing into one of baseball's best closers. He led the AL with 45 saves in 2002, then saved 41 games a year later.
Rangers close to deal with Guardado
(12/21/2007) The Rangers appear close to landing free agent reliever Eddie Guardado, who pitched for the Reds in 2007. General manager Jon Daniels said he expected the club to sign the left-hander but would not commit to a timetable.
(11/1/2007) The Reds declined a 2008 option for reliever Eddie Guardado, who would have made $3.5 million. Even though they declined the pricey option, the Reds are interested in bringing Guardado back next season for less money. The 36-year-old reliever had surgery 13 months ago, and the Reds would like to see if he can get closer to his old form. "I still want to get Eddie back here on terms that work for him and us," GM Wayne Krivsky said. "We have an open mind in that respect."
Guardado strikes out the side
(9/17/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado, hitting 93 and 94 mph on the radar gun in Miller Park, struck out the side in one inning of work against the Brewers on Friday. "I may have done that before, but not often," he said.
Guardado won't close games in '07
(8/22/2007) Eddie Guardado knows the numbers. He's painfully aware of how many pitches have wandered over the middle of the plate, then been redirected toward those gaps between the outfielders. "It's been happening every time I've been out there," the Cincinnati Reds reliever said Tuesday. "That's the frustrating part. You feel good. For the first time in a long time, you go out and pitch without pain, but the results aren't what you want them to be." It's too early to tell whether this is just another difficult phase in his comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery, or an indication of how things are going to be for the 36-year-old left-hander once known as "Everyday Eddie." Guardado had surgery last Sept. 8 to rebuild his pitching elbow. After one minor setback during his comeback, he made it back to the majors Aug. 7.
Reds' bullpen gets job done
(8/16/2007) Bill Bray (1-0) pitched two scoreless inning for the victory Wednesday. David Weathers pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save in 29 opportunities. Eddie Guardado wasn't used in the save situation.
Guardado pitches again Friday
(8/11/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado was activated this week and made his first 2007 appearance Thursday against the Dodgers, turning a 3-2 lead into a 3-3 tie when he gave up two hits. He also threw two-thirds of an inning Friday against San Diego.
Guardado activated from DL
(8/7/2007) The Reds shuffled their league-worst bullpen again Tuesday, activating Eddie Guardado and recalling Gary Majewski. The Reds optioned rookie left-hander Jon Coutlangus (4-1, 3.93 ERA) to Triple-A Louisville and placed utilityman Ryan Freel on the 15-day DL because torn cartilage in his right knee. Guardado, obtained in a midseason trade with Seattle last year, took over the closer job before elbow problems forced season-ending surgery. Also bothered by back troubles, the 36-year-old left-hander hadn't pitched yet this season for the Reds. With an ERA of 5.00, the Reds' relievers rank last in the NL.
Guardado continues rehab process
(8/4/2007) Reds RP Eddie Guardado pitched a scoreless inning in a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Louisville Friday and is scheduled to throw again Sunday. He has not pitched this season after tearing his left elbow ligament and subsequently having Tommy John surgery.
Guardado pitches Tuesday
(8/2/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado, coming back from reconstructive elbow surgery, threw 21 pitches in a rehab outing at Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday night. He got two outs, allowed one hit -- a homer -- walked a batter and struck out a batter.
Guardado makes Triple-A appearance
(7/29/2007) Reds RP Eddie Guardado (elbow, back) began his second rehab assignment Saturday for Triple-A Louisville. He pitched a scoreless inning of relief, allowing just one hit.
Guardado set for second rehab stint
(7/26/2007) Reds RP Eddie Guardado will pitch for Triple-A Louisville on Saturday, starting his second rehab assignment. Guardado, who is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery last September, had to stop pitching in the minors last month when his forearm became sore.
Guardado throws 30 pitches
(7/24/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado threw 30 pitches in the bullpen. He'll throw batting practice Tuesday. "We'll see from there," he said. "Hopefully, I'm real close. I feel good." Guardado had reconstructive elbow surgery last September.
Guardado throws BP Friday
(7/21/2007) Reds RP Eddie Guardado threw 30 pitches in batting practice and 14 in the bullpen Friday. He has been on the disabled list all season following reconstructive elbow surgery last September. "I feel good," Guardado said. "I'm just anxious to get out there."
(7/14/2007) Reds RP Eddie Guardado is slated to throw a bullpen session Saturday. Guardado has been on the disabled list all season following Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last September. He had trouble with stiffness in his lower back during a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Guardado has bullpen session
(7/7/2007) Reds RP Eddie Guardado threw 30 pitches in the bullpen without problem Saturday. Guardado is coming back from reconstructive elbow surgery last Sept. 8. There is no target date for his return.
Guardado plays catch Tuesday
(7/4/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado played catch Tuesday and reported no problems with his forearm. He had to end a rehab assignment because of stiffness in the forearm last week. Guardado is trying to come back from reconstructive elbow surgery on Sept. 8. "I'm still ahead of schedule," Guardado said. "I think I'm pretty good, still. You don't want setbacks but if they're going to happen, let them happen now."
Guardado not quite ready yet
(6/30/2007) Eddie Guardado hoped to be back with the team by now, but soreness in his forearm stopped that, although the forearm pain has nothing to do with his surgically repaired elbow. "I probably tried to rush it and do too much and might have to pitch a few more games on rehab," he said.
Guardado stops throwing program
(6/29/2007) Reds RP Eddie Guardado (elbow, back) won't throw for a few days. His comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery has been slowed by a sore back and stiffness in his forearm. A medical exam on Friday detected nothing serious.
Reds' Guardado held up by back
(6/27/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado was called off his minor league rehab assignment because of stiffness in his lower back. Guardado has been on the DL all season, recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery.
Guardado readies for 'pen session
(6/23/2007) Reds RP Eddie Guardado, still on the DL recovering from Tommy John surgery, will have a bullpen session while in Seattle on Saturday or Sunday and expects to throw a simulated game in Philadelphia early during the week of June 25-July 1.
Guardado not coming off DL
(6/22/2007)The Sports Xchange reports Reds RP Eddie Guardado (elbow) will be with the team in Seattle, but won't be activated as he had hoped. He suffered a stiff lower back after he pitched in back-to-back rehab games Sunday and Monday for Triple-A Louisville.
Guardado suffers slight setback
(6/20/2007) Eddie Guardado had stiffness in his lower back after pitching Sunday and Monday on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville, according to The Sports Xchange.
Guardado might return Friday
(6/20/2007) The Reds called injured closer Eddie Guardado, recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, back from his rehab outing after his back became stiff during an inning of work for Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Guardado will likely rejoin the team Friday in Seattle.
Guardado works rehab inning
(6/19/2007) Injured closer Eddie Guardado (elbow) pitched an inning for Triple-A Louisville on Monday in a rehab outing as part of his return from reconstructive elbow surgery. He picked up the hold and allowed one hit, lowering his ERA to 5.40.
Guardado headed for Triple-A
(6/14/2007) Reds closer Eddie Guardado will move up to Triple-A Louisville for his next rehab stint. Guardado, recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery, made four appearances for Class A Dayton and didn't allow a run.
Guardado returns from personal leave
(6/9/2007) After missing a rehab assignment because of personal business, Reds RP Eddie Guardado resumed his comeback from ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow with a bullpen session on Saturday. "Each time out, it's getting better," said Guardado, who's made two rehab appearances with Single-A Dayton. Guardado is scheduled to make another rehab appearance Monday.
Guardado still improving
(6/1/2007) Left-handed closer Eddie Guardado, on the DL all season, is expected to make another one-inning appearance Saturday for Class A Dayton. "If all goes well, he'll try going in back-to-back games sometime next week," manager Jerry Narron said.
Guardado makes rehab appearance
(5/28/2007) Eddie Guardado (elbow) allowed one hit in a scoreless inning of work for Class A Dayton on Monday in his first rehab appearance.
Guardado set to begin rehab stint
(5/26/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado is likely to begin a rehab assignment next week, starting at Class A Dayton, after he threw 30 full-speed pitches Friday in batting practice and was pain-free.
Guardado set for rehab stint
(5/25/2007) Injured Reds RP Eddie Guardado (elbow) is set to start his rehab assignment during the week of May 28-June 3, according to MLB.com. Guardado threw a session of live batting practice Friday and reported no pain after tossing 30 full-speed pitches. Barring any setbacks, Guardado will head to Class A Dayton on Monday.
Guardado throws on Monday
(5/21/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado threw 25 pitches to Reds batters before Monday's game against the Nationals, another step in his recovery from reconstructive elbow surgery. He hopes to be pitching on a rehabilitation assignment soon. "What you're looking for his how the ball comes out of your hand and whether you're pain-free," Guardado said. "No pain. I'm looking forward to the next step."
'Someday Eddie' throws again
(5/15/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado threw 20 pitches of live batting practice on Monday as he continues rehabilitation from reconstructive elbow surgery Sept. 8. He hopes to return to the Reds at midseason.
Guardado throws off a mound
(5/10/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado threw breaking balls off a mound for the first time since his reconstructive elbow surgery last September on Wednesday. He hopes to return to the Reds at midseason.
Guardado says 'it feels great'
(5/9/2007) LHP Eddie Guardado reported normal soreness Tuesday, the day after throwing 20 fastballs to batters for the first time since having reconstructive elbow surgery last September. "It feels great, just like a regular outing," he said. Guardado, who is eligible to come off the disabled list on May 31, expected to throw 20-to-25 breaking balls off the mound Wednesday.
'Everyday Eddie' nearing return
(5/8/2007) Eddie Guardado pitched to hitters Monday for the first time since "Tommy John" elbow ligament replacement surgery last September, but didn't have manager Jerry Narron as a witness. Guardado will be eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on May 31. Guardado was pumped after his 20-pitch, all-fastballs workout. "I never thought I'd be so excited about throwing batting practice. It was good to be out there. I kept the ball down in the strike zone, no pain, felt nice and loose -- like the first day of spring training when you throw 10 minutes," he said. "I didn't throw breaking pitches, but I have thrown them on the side. When this happened, I told myself that when I came back I was going to let it go and see what happens, no babying. If it goes, it goes -- but so far, so good."
Guardado to face live hitting
(5/3/2007) According to MLB.com, injured Reds RP Eddie Guardado (elbow) will pitch live batting practice Monday. He expected to throw 15-20 fastballs. "We're getting somewhere," Guardado said. "I'll either have my confidence go down or it will go up."
Guardado throws breaking balls
(4/28/2007) Reds RP Eddie Guardado, on the 60-day DL after undergoing Tommy John surgery in mid-September, threw breaking pitches off a mound Friday for the first time since the surgery and is on schedule for a possible return in late June or early July.
Guardado moved to 60-day DL
(4/2/2007) The Reds transferred Eddie Guardado (torn ligament, left elbow) to the 60-day DL.
(3/17/2007) Reds LHP Eddie Guardado made his first appearance on the mound on March 16 since undergoing Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in early September. He threw 15 pitches and said he felt "awesome," but he won't rush and isn't expected back until June or July.
Guardado targets mid-June return
(2/6/2007) Closer Eddie Guardado, 36, has marked his calendar. "I'm looking at June 19 or 20," Guardado said. "That's my date. I'm counting my days." He had surgery in September to repair a torn elbow ligament and tendon. "I always try to be positive," Guardado said. "I've been blessed to have 13 years in the majors without getting hurt. I've had a pretty good career. The wear-and-tear finally got me. I'm going to bounce back."
Reds give RP Guardado minor deal
(2/5/2007) Cincinnati relief pitcher Eddie Guardado, recovering from surgery on his throwing arm, agreed to a minor league contract, the Reds said Monday. The 36-year-old Guardado was invited to the Reds' major league training camp. He took over the closer role after the Reds acquired him from Seattle in a trade July 6. He was 10-of-12 in save chances, then went on the DL on Aug. 20. For the season, he had 13 saves and a 3.89 ERA in 43 games for Seattle and Cincinnati.
Report: Guardado returning to Reds
(1/18/2007) The Reds and Eddie Guardado (elbow) are close on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, agent Kevin Kohler told MLB.com. "We agree on pretty much everything, but we want to make sure everybody is OK with the way the contract language is written," Kohler told the website. "Eddie didn't want to demand a major league deal where they'd give up a roster spot when he won't be ready until June at the earliest. Eddie wants to come back there."
Guardado hoping to find a deal
(12/6/2006) Free agent Eddie Guardado and his agent have been telling teams he might be able to throw by May and get back on the mound in June, perhaps returning in 2007. He had reconstructive Tommy John surgery Sept. 8 and it would be a landmark event if he was able to do what he's telling people.
Guardado done for '07, career?
(11/10/2006) Eddie Guardado filed for free agency, but he is out for the 2007 season after reconstructive elbow ligament surgery Sept. 18.
Free-agent filing continues
(11/1/2006) RHP LaTroy Hawkins, SS Alex Gonzalez, 2B Mark Loretta, 3B Aaron Boone, 2B Lou Merloni, OF Matt Stairs, C Paul Bako, 3B Tomas Perez, OF Carlos Lee, RHP Vicente Padilla, C Gregg Zaun, RHP Miguel Batista, SS Craig Counsell, SS Damion Easley, RHP Wade Miller, RHP Ryan Franklin, RHP Russ Springer, C Einar Diaz, RHP Aaron Sele, RHP Doug Brocail, RHP Woody Williams, C Robert Fick, OF Jose Guillen, LHP Bruce Chen, SS Alex Cora, RHP Jeff Nelson, LHP Ron Villone, OF Brian Jordan, 1B John Mabry, 3B Rich Aurilia, LHP Eddie Guardado, LHP Scott Schoeneweis, 2B Kaz Matsui, LHP Darren Oliver, SS Jose Hernandez and RHP Chan Ho Park.
Guardado undergoes "Tommy John"
(9/9/2006) LHP Eddie Guardado underwent "Tommy John" surgery Friday morning to repair a torn ligament in his left elbow. Guardado, acquired from Seattle on July 6, recorded eight saves for the Reds before going on the disabled list Aug. 20.
Guardado to have elbow surgery
(9/8/2006) Reds closer Eddie Guardado was scheduled for surgery Friday to replace a torn ligament in his left elbow, an operation that likely will sideline him next season. In need of a closer, the Reds obtained the 35-year-old Guardado from Seattle in a trade July 6, the start of Cincinnati's move to remake its bullpen. Guardado pitched well at the outset, but his elbow started bothering him soon after he arrived. He was 10-for-12 in save chances when he went on the disabled list Aug. 20. A test on Wednesday detected the torn ligament.
Guardado done for year, '07
(9/6/2006) Reds closer Eddie Guardado will have ligament-replacement surgery on his left elbow, an operation that usually sidelines pitchers for at least a year. Guardado had been on the DL since Aug. 20 with a sore left forearm, but he thought it was getting better. On Wednesday, an MRI exam revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament, the Reds said. David Weathers, Rheal Cormier, Bill Bray, Gary Majewski, Ryan Franklin and Scott Schoeneweis will be in a bullpen-by-committee situation through the end of the season.
Guardado to throw Tuesday
(9/4/2006) Reds closer Eddie Guardado will throw in the bullpen Tuesday, the first time he has tested his sore left forearm since he went on the 15-day DL on Aug. 20. "It feels better," he said Monday. "It's not going to be 100 percent until it gets fully rested over the winter, but I can deal with the pain I've got right now."
Guardado to throw Friday
(8/31/2006) Closer Eddie Guardado, on the DL since Aug. 20 because of tendinitis in his left forearm, plans to throw Friday and if all goes well, could come back Monday. "Right now, it feels great," he said. "You've always got to be positive. They'll probably hold me back. What have we got to lose? It's getting late."
Reds' Guardado still has pain
(8/27/2006) Closer Eddie Guardado, on the DL with tendinitis in his left forearm, played catch Saturday to test the injury and still felt some pain in the area. He threw for about eight minutes from 90 feet. "It's OK but not 100 percent," Guardado said. "It's getting better. I'll give it a couple more days and see where it's at."
Guardado still feeling pain
(8/26/2006) Reds closer Eddie Guardado, on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left forearm, played catch Saturday to test the injury and still felt some pain in the area.
Guardado set to throw Saturday
(8/25/2006) Closer Eddie Guardado is scheduled to throw Saturday for the first time since going on the 15-day DL on Sunday with a sore forearm. Guardado traveled with the Reds for their 10-game road trip and is eligible to come off the DL once the team returns home.
Guardado rests his arm
(8/22/2006) Closer Eddie Guardado won't be allowed to throw a ball for a few more days. He went on the 15-day DL with a sore forearm on Sunday.
Guardado placed on 15-day DL
(8/20/2006) The Cincinnati Reds placed left-hander Eddie Guardado on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with tendinitis in his left forearm and activated righty Matt Belisle from the 15-day disabled list. Guardado had converted eight of his 10 save opportunities since being acquired by the Reds from Seattle on July 6. He was bothered in recent weeks by stiffness in his forearm and had to leave Saturday's game against Pittsburgh after facing two batters.
Guardado struggles with soreness
(8/16/2006) Closer Eddie Guardado had allowed at least one run in his past three appearances after giving up only one earned run in his previous 10 appearances. Guardado said he was battling forearm soreness that has caused him to alter his delivery somewhat.
Guardado still the man
(8/14/2006) Manager Jerry Narron didn't seem concerned about closer Eddie Guardado, who blew two saves (his only two in 10 save opportunities with the Reds) in the series. "He's a competitor. He just has to let us know when he's available or when we should hold off using him."
Reds' Guardado struggling of late
(8/13/2006) Eddie Guardado allowed Jimmy Rollins' second homer of the game in the ninth Saturday, but held on for his eighth save in nine chances after blowing a lead in the ninth a night earlier. On Sunday, he blew the save again.
Guardado guarding leads for Reds
(8/5/2006) Eddie Guardado is 7-for-7 in save opportunities since joining the club in a trade with the Mariners just before the All-Star break.
Pumped up Guardado earns save
(8/5/2006) Reds manager Jerry Narron asked his players to show more passion and Eddie Guardado happily obliged. Guardado worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to preserve Cincinnati's 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. Narron held a pregame meeting and asked his players to mix in some emotion, and the usually fiery Guardado was plenty demonstrative in the ninth. Atlanta loaded the bases with no outs before Brian McCann flied out to short left field and Jeff Francoeur grounded into a game-ending double play. Guardado stomped off the mound and pumped his fist after getting his seventh save in seven opportunities since being traded from Seattle on July 6. "I was facing the top of the lineup, and it's a good lineup," said Guardado, who made his first appearance in seven days. "I got behind both of the first two hitters. I was trying to get the ball down, and I did to the last two batters."
Guardado back in action
(7/27/2006) Eddie Guardado (stiff forearm) allowed one hit in an otherwise perfect inning on Thursday at Houston. He struck out the side in the non-save situation.
Guardado deals with stiff arm
(7/27/2006) Eddie Guardado (stiff forearm) has been unavailable of late and Todd Coffey and Bill Bray combined to get the save Tuesday night. "(Bray's) a pretty good pitcher, I know that," Reds manager Jerry Narron told the Cincinnati Post. "Just putting him in that situation for the first time, he responded real well." Guardado should be available for the next save situation. "Every time I threw the ball (Tuesday) it was kind of pulling a little bit," Guardado told the paper. "I just don't want to do anything worse."
Everyday Eddie bags 10th save
(7/23/2006) Eddie Guardado worked a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's game against Milwaukee, as he nailed down his 10th save of the season.
(7/20/2006) Eddie Guardado got the final three outs on Wednesday against the Mets to improve to 4-for-4 in save chances since the Reds got him in a trade with Seattle.
Guardado notches another save
(7/16/2006) New Reds closer Eddie Guardado gave up a Clint Barmes solo homer in the ninth Sunday while getting his third save in the series.
Eddie Guardado solid for Reds
(7/7/2006) Eddie Guardado, acquired from Seattle on Thursday to be the Reds closer and solidify a shaky bullpen, worked the ninth inning in a non-save situation on Friday. Guardado retired the Braves in order, striking out Marcus Giles to end the game. Manager Jerry Narron says Guardado will have an opportunity to close games. "He's been in that role before," Narron said. "He has no fear of it." The Reds may be more confident in using Todd Coffey in a set-up role, though Coffey had converted five straight opportunities before a blown save at Milwaukee on Monday night. Guardado had lost his job as Seattle's closer this season. He has only five saves this year.
Guardado will get chance to close
(7/7/2006) Manager Jerry Narron says newly acquired LHP Eddie Guardado will have an opportunity to close games. "He's been in that role before," Narron said. "He has no fear of it." The Reds may be more confident in using Todd Coffey in a set-up role, though Coffey had converted five straight opportunities before a blown save at Milwaukee on Monday night. Guardado had lost his job as Seattle's closer this season. He has only five saves this year.
Guardado lands in Cincinnati
(7/6/2006) Trying to bolster their struggling bullpen, the Cincinnati Reds acquired Eddie Guardado and cash from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday for minor league pitcher Travis Chick. The Reds made the trade a day after blowing two leads in extra innings before losing 6-5 in the 13th at Milwaukee. After the game, Cincinnati reliever Brian Shackelford was arrested on suspicion of third-degree sexual assault. Guardado is expected to join the Reds in Atlanta on Friday. Cincinnati began the day two games behind St. Louis in the NL Central.
Hargrove still confident in Guardado
(6/26/2006) Eddie Guardado, who allowed two home runs and another hard-hit ball caught at the warning track on Saturday, got a vote of confidence when manager Mike Hargrove let him finish the inning. "Eddie's one of the good guys in this game, and that was a time we needed to show confidence in him," Hargrove said. "He was battling, throwing strikes. I wanted to reward his effort with a little show of confidence."
Guardado knocked around Sat.
(6/25/2006) Eddie Guardado (back) allowed two solo home runs to Mike Cameron and Eric Young in one inning of work in Saturday's game at San Diego, as he continues to struggle.
Everyday Eddie day to day
(6/24/2006) Mariners reliever Eddie Guardado is day to day with back spasms. Guardado and Emiliano Fruto combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Thursday.
Guardado being used sparingly
(6/21/2006) Mariners reliever Eddie Guardado, no longer the team's closer, has been used six times since his last save on May 22. In those six games, he has tossed 3.2 innings (with two outings without recording an out), allowing three hits, two ER, two walks and one strikeout. In the two non-out sessions, he allowed a run in each.
Guardado thinks problems are mental
(6/8/2006) Eddie Guardado, replaced by J.J. Putz as closer last month and booed by the home fans after allowing a home run to Minnesota's Jason Kubel in the eighth inning Tuesday, said his problem this season is mental. "What has made me successful in this game is courage and heart," he said. "But my focus is not where it needs to be. And I don't know why."
Guardado speaks out amid slump
(5/30/2006) LHP Eddie Guardado challenged his teammates to play better after the Mariners' 4-3 loss at Minnesota on Sunday. "We're not getting the job done," said Guardado, who included himself for criticism. "We're all in this together. It's embarrassing." Manager Mike Hargrove echoed Guardado's sentiments as his team took a four-game losing streak into a three-game series against Texas. "It never bothers me when a player takes responsibility," said Hargrove, who has called two team meetings within the last month to address the M's slow start. "Any good club I've been on or with has policed itself. What Eddie said and did is not out of the ordinary."
Guardado allows game-winning HR
(5/29/2006) LHP Eddie Guardado has allowed five homers in 16 2/3 innings, including Sunday's game-winner hit by the Twins' Lew Ford. "I don't know what it is, man," Guardado said. "I thought it was getting better." Guardado had been on a run of eight games (seven innings) with no runs allowed.
Guardado currently a setup man
(5/24/2006) Manager Mike Hargrove said for the first time the current bullpen arrangement of RHP J.J. Putz as closer and demoted closer Eddie Guardado and RHP Rafael Soriano as the primary setup relievers could remain for the rest of the season. "Or it could be for a week," Hargrove said, acknowledging how fleeting bullpen success can be. Hargrove repeated LHP Guardado, 35, being the closer would be the optimum arrangement because that is how the team's bullpen was designed for this season. But Putz, 29, had six saves in seven opportunities entering Tuesday, led AL relievers with 33 strikeouts and had allowed one run in 13 games. He credits Guardado with teaching him a new split-finger fastball for his success. Guardado got his fifth save in eight chances Monday -- only because Putz had saves in each of the three previous games and was unavailable.
Eddie Guardado to reclaim role?
(5/24/2006) J.J. Putz is the closer in Seattle, but manager Mike Hargrove won't call him the closer. That he reserves for Eddie Guardado, who has been pitching in setup relief out of the bullpen.
Guardado gets taste of 9th again
(5/23/2006) Manager Mike Hargrove clarified the closer situation after the demoted Eddie Guardado got the save Monday night. "J.J. Putz had pitched in each of the last three games and Rafael Soriano had pitched a lot of innings and neither was available," Hargrove told the Tacoma News Tribune. "Mateo got us a huge out in the eighth, and the ninth was Eddie's." Jay Gibbons hit one to the deepest part of the park in right-center -- but Ichiro Suzuki ran it down for out No. 1. "I thought, 'Here we go ...'" Guardado told the paper. "But with a two-run lead, I'm throwing strikes. I'm not walking anybody, and I've never been a strikeout pitcher. Emotional? Yes, it was. I tried to tell (catcher) Kenji Johjima, 'Attaboy!' and I couldn't get it out of my mouth. I heard the crowd cheering. I felt the excitement. There's nothing like the ninth inning. I've missed it."
Guardado earns his fifth save
(5/23/2006) Eddie Guardado was back in the closer's role for Monday's game against Baltimore. He worked a scoreless inning with a strikeout to earn his fifth save of the season.
Guardado to close again?
(5/22/2006) Because J.J. Putz has pitched in the last three games for the M's, the Mariners will have to look for another closer for Monday's game against Baltimore, should the situation arise. That could mean a return to the ninth inning for lefty Eddie Guardado, who did not pitch Sunday. After Sunday's game, manager Mike Hargrove reiterated that he wanted eventually to move Guardado back into the closer's role because he felt that gave the Mariners better balance.
Guardado setting up for Putz
(5/21/2006) J.J. Putz (Pooh-tz), who has replaced the struggling Eddie Guardado as closer, struck out two in the ninth inning Saturday to earn his fifth save in six chances. Rafael Soriano and Guardado will be doing Putz's setup man for the time being.
Guardado gets some mop-up duty
(5/19/2006) Eddie Guardado and Rafael Soriano, neither of whom had pitched since Saturday, both got an inning's worth of work mopping up for Joel Pineiro on Thursday. J.J. Putz, who has been doing the closing of late, still hasn't pitched since Saturday.
Guardado straightens out
(5/16/2006) Eddie Guardado hasn't allowed an earned run in his past three outings.
Guardado not thrilled with role
(5/10/2006) MLB.com reports Eddie Guardado is not thrilled with his pitching performance this season, or the fact that he's in a lesser role. "It's not the same," Guardado said. "It's a sick feeling to me because I do care. It's my job to close. But I've got to do my job to help this team win. These guys depend on me."
Guardado 'lowers' ERA to 7.59
(5/6/2006) Eddie Guardado pitched an inning of relief in Friday's loss to Cleveland. He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one batter. He did not allow a run and did not factor in the decision. His ERA was lowered to 7.59 in the outing.
Guardado now in committee
(5/4/2006) Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said he will go with a closer-by-committee after Eddie Guardado blew his third save Wednesday night.
M's Guardado blows another save
(5/4/2006) Eddie Guardado blew his third save of the season Wednesday night, allowing a solo home run to Chicago's Pablo Ozuna in the ninth inning.
Guardado earns save No. 4
(5/1/2006) Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his fourth save in six chances on Sunday at Baltimore.
(4/30/2006) Eddie Guardado recorded his third save of the season Saturday at Baltimore. He allowed two hits and a walk in the ninth inning, but did not allow a run and struck out a batter.
Guardado blows it again
(4/25/2006) Chicago tied Monday's game with two outs in the ninth on No. 9 hitter Brian Anderson's homer off closer Eddie Guardado. Anderson was batting .167 in 15 games. As the ball sailed away, Guardado yelled and threw his hands into his thighs. It was his third straight poor outing. Guardado had previously allowed a game-winning homer at Boston on April 17 and had walked the bases loaded and then walked in the winning run last Thursday. "Eddie is still our closer," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said - for the second time in five days.
Eddie Guardado: I blew it, guys
(4/21/2006) Mariners closer Eddie Guardado's postgame message was as simple as his in-game problems. "I blew it, guys," Guardado told his teammates in their eerily quiet clubhouse immediately after he walked the bases loaded in the ninth inning -- and then walked Phil Nevin to force in pinch-runner Gerald Laird with the go-ahead run that gave the Texas Rangers a 4-3 win over Seattle on Thursday night.
No worries about Eddie Guardado
(4/19/2006) MLB.com reports Seattle manager Mike Hargrove isn't worried about Eddie Guardado, who blew a save against the Boston Red Sox this week. "Some closers you worry about their mental state, but not Eddie," Hargrove said. "All the good closers have the unique ability to forget about what happened five minutes ago. They need to do that. Eddie has that mental strength to do that."
Guardado touched up at Fenway
(4/17/2006) Eddie Guardado blew his first save of the season, allowing a walk-off two-run home run to Boston's Mark Loretta in a 7-6 loss. He struck out each of the first two hitters he faced before allowing an infield single and the game-winning long ball.
Guardado secures second save
(4/15/2006) Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth inning of Saturday's win at Boston for his second save in two opportunities.
'Everyday Eddie' earns first save
(4/13/2006) Eddie Guardado allowed an earned run and two hits in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game at Cleveland, but he also struck one batter out to earn his first save.
Eddie Guardado sees work for Seattle
(4/10/2006) Eddie Guardado pitched in the ninth inning Saturday with the Seattle Mariners trailing 3-0. It was just his second appearance of the season. "You've got to get in games, no matter what the score is," Guardado said after throwing a 1-2-3 inning. "We all need to pitch."
Guardado not out of closer's job
(4/6/2006) LHP Eddie Guardado said he was ready to be the closer again after throwing 41 pitches and allowing three runs in the ninth inning of the Mariners' 10-8 win Tuesday night. Manager Mike Hargrove laughed when asked if "Everyday Eddie" could pitch one inning. "Or 80 to 85 pitches, whichever comes first," he jokingly said. J.J. Putz was to close if necessary, but George Sherrill was used in a save situation Wednesday night.
Guardado unavailable Wednesday
(4/6/2006) Eddie Guardado was unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Angels, as manager Mike Hargrove used George Sherrill in the closer's role instead.
Eddie Guardado throws 41 pitches
(4/5/2006) Eddie Guardado had to throw 41 pitches to get out of the ninth inning of a 10-8 win over the L.A. Angels on Tuesday night. He allowed three earned runs on three hits and has a terrible 27.00 ERA.
Eddie Guardado throws shutout inning
(3/28/2006) Eddie Guardado threw one shutout inning in a minor league game Monday. He is healthier than last season, when he didn't throw in competition until the final weekend of the spring.
M's Guardado to make spring debut
(3/15/2006) In keeping with the success he had to start the 2005 season, Eddie Guardado will make his first appearance of the spring Wednesday against Kansas City. Because of injury concerns, Guardado had only a couple of "B" games to his credit in the spring of 2005. But once the season started, he had saves in 28 of his first 29 chances, including a club record 27 in succession.
Guardado won't be in World Classic
(2/27/2006) The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports Eddie Guardado will not play in the World Baseball Classic. "[Buck Martinez] called and said they didn't need me," Guardado said. "I was disappointed, but Buck was very nice about it, very professional."
Mariners to be cautious with Guardado
(2/22/2006) The Seattle Mariners will be taking it easy with lefty closer Eddie Guardado (hamstring), especially in the early stages of spring training. "Last year I mostly only pitched bullpens and BP," Guardado said. "I went into the season without pitching in a big-league game. But I was feeling great. So we're trying to keep the same routine here."
Eddie Guardado feels great
(2/16/2006) Eddie Guardado says he's been throwing regularly for a while now and that his arm feels great in preparation for spring training.
Guardado lands in Round Four
(2/9/2006) Eddie Guardado was the 44th overall selection (fourth round) in the 2006 CBS SportsLine.com AL Experts League. He recorded a 2-3 record with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves in 56.1 IP in 2005.
Guardado has option picked up
(11/2/2005) Pitcher Eddie Guardado's $6.25 million option for next year was exercised Wednesday by the Mariners. The 35-year-old left-hander was 2-3 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves last season, the fourth-highest season total in franchise history. He is 40-52 with 170 saves in 13 major-league seasons with Minnesota and Seattle.
Guardado blows save No. 4
(9/15/2005) Mariners closer Eddie Guardado blew his fourth save in 35 opportunities by allowing the Angels to score a run in the top of the ninth Wednesday. He made a throwing error in the inning. "That's part of baseball," Guardado said. "You're going to have those days. The name of the game is picking each other up."
Guardado to get ample rest
(9/11/2005) Manager Mike Hargrove would like to give closer Eddie Guardado, who has appeared in 50 games, more rest. "Every year throughout the year we have to be a little careful with certain guys. This is where we're at with him," Hargrove said.
Easy Eddie gets 30-save season
(9/6/2005) Closer Eddie Guardado worked the ninth for his 30th save in 32 tries Monday. He became the fourth Seattle pitcher with 30 or more saves in a season.
Guardado has 25-save streak going
(8/7/2005) Having converted 25 consecutive saves, closer Eddie Guardado was tied for second with San Diego's Trevor Hoffman for the longest active streak -- three behind the New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera. "Eddie has very good command of all his pitches," manager Mike Hargrove said. "I'm not comparing him to Dennis Eckersley ... but that was one of the strengths Dennis had: command of his stuff. I'm not comparing their stuff, but they had similar command."
Guardado has converted 22 in row
(7/27/2005) Mariners closer Eddie Guardado had 22 consecutive saves since his only blown save April 9. The 34-year-old Guardado is pitching with a completely torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder that ended his season last August. Guardado chose rehabilitation over surgery. "Nobody expected too much from me this year," he said. "I've tried to prove I could still pitch with whatever I've got in my shoulder."
Guardado to stay in Seattle
(7/9/2005) General manager Bill Bavasi wants to hold onto closer Eddie Guardado, who has been the subject of recent trade speculation as the July 31 deadline approaches. "I'm not sure we would want to (trade him). We certainly would not take a cavalier approach to moving him," Bavasi said. "This guy's really important. I know important guys have been traded from clubs, but he's very important to us. This team right now is lacking success, it's lacking character - it's lacking a lot of things that Eddie Guardado's got."
Nats, White Sox like Guardado
(7/6/2005) According to televised reports, the Nationals and White Sox have showed an interest in closer Eddie Guardado.
(7/4/2005) Eddie Guardado worked a perfect ninth inning, striking out two batters, to pick up his 20th save of the season on Sunday against the Rangers.
Guardado earns meal ticket out?
(6/9/2005) Closer Eddie Guardado hasn't allowed a run in his past 11 innings, converting all nine save opportunities during that stretch.
Guardado notches 17th save
(6/7/2005) Eddie Guardado pitched a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Marlins, and notched his 17th save of the year.
Guardado returns Saturday
(5/22/2005) Eddie Guardado (personal) pitched a perfect ninth inning against San Diego Saturday for his 11th save of the season.
Guardado out Friday
(5/21/2005) Eddie Guardado (personal) was unable to play against San Diego Friday.
Guardado unavailable Wednesday
(5/19/2005) Eddie Guardado was unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Yankees due to the birth of his child.
Guardado nails down eighth save
(4/30/2005) Eddie Guardado threw a perfect ninth inning at Oakland Friday to earn his eighth save.
Everyday Eddie gets it done
(4/19/2005) Closer Eddie Guardado tossed a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's game at L.A. Angels to earn his fourth save of the season.
Guardado getting over the flu
(4/18/2005) Another flu victim, closer Eddie Guardado, returned to earn his third save in four chances Sunday. He gave up a run in the ninth but was helped when C Miguel Olivo threw out pinch-runner Willie Harris at second to end the game. He also faced former Minnesota batterymate A.J. Pierzynski for the first time. "I tried not to look at him when he came up to bat," Guardado said. "It was strange. He did me a favor and popped one up."
Guardado notches second save
(4/13/2005) Eddie Guardado allowed one hit and no runs in one inning of work Wednesday against the Royals. He struck out two and walked one in the outing.
Guardado gets first 2005 save
(4/9/2005) Eddie Guardado allowed one hit in a scoreless inning of relief against Texas for his first save since last July 22.
Guardado is fine after throwing
(4/6/2005) The Seattle Times reports Eddie Guardado reported no problems with his right hamstring after pitching the ninth inning Monday. Manager Mike Hargrove called that "a relief to everyone him and us."
Guardado able to pitch
(4/5/2005) Eddie Guardado (hamstring) was able to pitch a perfect ninth inning in Monday's regular season opener against the Twins. He struck out two batters in the impressive outing.
M's expect Guardado to be ready
(4/2/2005) Mariners manager Mike Hargrove believes Eddie Guardado (hamstring) will be ready for opening day against Minnesota Monday. He pitched an inning in a minor league game Friday.
Guardado to pitch Friday
(4/1/2005) Eddie Guardado (hamstring) tossed a scoreless inning in a minor-league game on Thursday. He is expected to work again on Friday.
Guardado not ruling out opener
(3/30/2005) Eddie Guardado is not ruling out being ready for the season opener, according to the Seattle Times.
Guardado tosses sim game
(3/28/2005) Eddie Guardado (hamstring) was expected to pitch in Sunday's 'A' game against the White Sox, but the club elected to have him work in a two-inning simulated game instead.
Guardado throws simulated game
(3/26/2005) Eddie Guardado (strained right hamstring) threw a 35-pitch simulated game Friday. "It went great," he said. He will pitch against the White Sox Sunday.
Eddie Guardado has good session
(3/23/2005) The Seattle Times reports pitching coach Bryan Price was optimistic about how Eddie Guardado (hamstring) pitched on Tuesday. "He threw 30 pitches. His velocity was good. His splitter was good. He said his hamstring felt very good," Price said. "We'll probably do one more simulated game and work his breaks off the mound and get him comfortable so he feels he can make his cuts and breaks without injury."
Guardado to throw Tuesday
(3/22/2005) The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports Eddie Guardado will pitch in a simulated game Tuesday. If he suffers no more setbacks, he should be adequately prepared to start the season with Seattle. But he suffered a setback thanks to a strained right hamstring earlier in spring training, and he hasn't pitched in a game since.
Guardado ready for the opener?
(3/15/2005) The Seattle Times reports Eddie Guardado's pulled right hamstring has improved so much he now has a shot at being with the team on Opening Day. The closer participated in pitchers fielding practice, taking balls hit back to the mound, and said, "I still feel it a bit, but it's a lot better. I know it's going to take a bit of time, but I'm hoping a lot less than the three weeks they had been talking about at first."
Guardado able to play catch
(3/14/2005) Eddie Guardado (strained right hamstring) was able to play catch on Sunday.
Guardado out three weeks
(3/12/2005) Eddie Guardado (right hamstring) will be sidelined for at least three weeks. "They think that he's going to be OK and there are, hopefully, things we can do to shorten the time period," said manager Mike Hargrove.
Guardado out one week
(3/11/2005) The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Eddie Guardado injured his hamstring Thursday and he is expected to miss one week. "I did it running sprints," he said. His knee seems to be fine though. "We don't have anything that says this will impact opening day," said pitching coach Bryan Price.
Guardado strains hamstring
(3/11/2005) Eddie Guardado suffered a strained right hamstring while running in the outfield on Thursday.
(3/8/2005) Eddie Guardado threw seven for three outs on Monday against the Brewers. "Obviously, we're not pitching well right now," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "But Eddie threw well and that's important."
Guardado to make spring debut
(3/7/2005) Eddie Guardado (shoulder, knee) will make his spring debut in a 'B' game in Peoria against the Padres on Monday.
Guardado held back
(3/3/2005) The Seattle Times reports that Eddie Guardado will be held back from pitching an inning against Milwaukee Friday because he has to work on his mechanics. "It's not my health, it's not my arm, it's my mechanics," he said.
Guardado reports he 'feels great'
(2/17/2005) LHP Eddie Guardado, coming back from left knee surgery and shoulder fatigue on his throwing arm, told the AP he "feels great." He had been throwing on flat ground but threw fastballs and changeups off the mound Thursday. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mariners closer Eddie Guardado will be trying to pitch with a small labrum tear in his throwing shoulder this season.
M's Guardado big question mark
(2/16/2005) According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mariners closer Eddie Guardado will be trying to pitch with a small labrum tear in his throwing shoulder this season. "It's safe to say we're a much better team knowing Eddie is healthy and able to do the job," Mariners pitching coach Bryan Price told the paper. "If for some reason he's not healthy, that would be a tough call for us. I do have a good feeling about Eddie. He has a long history of being very durable. That's the thing that gives me a good feeling about the situation."
Guardado picks up option
(11/4/2004) Eddie Guardado exercised his option for 2005 with the Mariners Tuesday.
Guardado throws on Tuesday
(9/29/2004) Eddie Guardado (shoulder, knee) threw for 12 minutes before Tuesday's game, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He will head to the Mariners' instructional league team in Peoria, Ariz., about a week after the regular season ends on Sunday.
Guardado throws Monday
(9/21/2004) The Seattle Times reports that Eddie Guardado (shoulder) had a good workout Monday. "If you didn't know he'd been injured, you couldn't tell," said trainer Bryan Price. "From the first throw, he looked great, ready to pitch."
Guardado goes under the knife
(8/25/2004) Eddie Guardado underwent successful surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles to repair knee cartilage, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He is out for the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff.
Guardado to have knee surgery
(8/24/2004) The Seattle Times reports that Eddie Guardado will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus.
Guardado might not need surgery
(8/18/2004) The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that after a second opinion, Eddie Guardado was told he might not require corrective surgery on his injured shoulder.
Guardado has torn rotator cuff
(8/11/2004) Eddie Guardado has a tear in his rotator cuff that will likely require season-ending surgery.
Mariners shelve closer Guardado
(8/2/2004) Seattle placed Eddie Guardado on the 15-day disabled list with a tired left shoulder on Monday. Matt Thornton was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to replace him on the roster.
Eddie Guardado knocked around
(7/31/2004) Guardado allowed two earned runs and two hits in Saturday's game at Anaheim without retiring a batter.
Guardado has 15 saves at the break
(7/12/2004) Eddie Guardado allowed four runs in two-thirds an inning on July 8. He had allowed just five earned runs in the prior 38 2/3 innings this season.
Guardado slams door for save
(6/17/2004) Eddie Guardado lowered his ERA to 0.88 after he pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the Brewers on Thursday. He logged his 12th save of the year.
Guardado is dominant
(6/7/2004) Eddie Guardado has six saves and an ERA of 0.59 over his past 12 games. He has lowered his ERA to 0.99 on the season.
Guardado earns first saves
(4/18/2004) Eddie Guardado earned his first save as a member of the Mariners on Saturday with a scoreless ninth inning and he slammed the door again on Sunday against the Rangers for his second.
Guardado set to close again
(4/14/2004) The Seattle Post-Intellgincer reports that the Mariners are ready to use Eddie Guardado (shoulder) as the team's closer once again, moving Shigetoshi Hasegawa back to his role as setup man. "Eddie is our closer now," said manager Bob Melvin. "I think he's ready for that."
Guardado being eased back
(4/11/2004) Eddie Guardado (shoulder) will be eased back into the closer's role. Manager Bob Melvin told the Seattle Times he "probably won't use (Eddie) Guardado in a closing role yet."
Guardado throws in the outfield
(4/9/2004) The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Eddie Guardado (shoulder) threw in the outfield Thursday after taking three days off. He reported no pain and will throw a bullpen session Friday. "If that goes OK, then after a day off, Eddie might be able to go on Sunday [at San Diego]," said manager Bob Melvin.
Guardado might return Saturday
(4/9/2004) The Seattle Times reports Eddie Guardado (shoulder) might return on Saturday at Oakland.
Guardado to throw on the side
(4/8/2004) The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Eddie Guardado (shoulder) will throw on the side Thursday, then throw a bullpen session Friday before the team determines what course to take from there.
Guardado getting ready
(4/7/2004) The Seattle Times reports that Eddie Guardado (shoulder) is feeling better after only two of three days of ordered rest. "I'm on schedule," he said. "I feel good. The tests show that my arm strength is fine."
Guardado to get rest
(4/5/2004) Eddie Guardado won't throw for at least three days because of a sore left shoulder. Guardado, was forced to leave Sunday's exhibition finale at San Diego after he complained of stiffness in his throwing shoulder. "I've still got good motion. I'm just a little sore," Guardado said Monday. "It's like a little knot back there. I don't know if I slept on it wrong, but it just needs rest. I'm not concerned."
(4/5/2004) Manager Bob Melvin said Eddie Guardado was unable to get his shoulder loose on Sunday.
'Everyday' Eddie makes debut
(3/16/2004) Eddie Guardado (sore left knee) made his spring debut on Monday. He tossed on perfect inning.
Guardado throws from bullpen mound
(3/12/2004) Eddie Guardado (knee) threw 30 pitches from a bullpen mound on Thursday and was said to have no problems, according to the Seattle Times. He will throw another bullpen session on Saturday before pitching an inning in Tuesday's exhibition game.
Guardado's knee a concern
(3/10/2004) Eddie Guardado (knee) has had his next spring appearance pushed back for a second time until Tuesday against San Diego, according to the Seattle Times. "We have every reason to believe it will be all right," one Seattle official said. "But this is our closer, so we want to be sure. We're being careful to be as sure as we can be." Guardado threw off flat ground on Wednesday.
Guardado has mild knee soreness
(2/27/2004) Eddie Guardado reported soreness at the back of his left knee on Thursday, according to the Seattle Times. He said it was a normal occurrence for him every spring, and he will only be held out of fielding drills for now.
Guardado has clear path
(1/20/2004) With Kazuhiro Sasaki's decision to leave the Mariners, Eddie Guardado now has no apparent major obstacles as he angles to claim the closer's job in Seattle.
Mariners sign Guardado
(12/10/2003) The Seattle Mariners signed Eddie Guardado to a one-year contract with player and team options for 2005 and 2006 on Tuesday.
Guardado to sign with Mariners
(12/9/2003) The Seattle Mariners are expected to sign Eddie Guardado to a three-year contract, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The move will be announced in the next day or two. Guardado would assume Arthur Rhodes' old left-handed setup job.
Guardardo offered arbitration
(12/8/2003) The Twins offered Eddie Guardado salary arbitration on Sunday. "We didn't get that (contract negotiation) done," general manager Terry Ryan said. "We'll just have to see where it goes."
Angels might want Guardado to set up
(12/1/2003) The Angels have contacted Eddie Guardado's agent and asked whether the left-hander would consider joining them as a setup man, according to the Los Angeles Times. "If he was going to set up for somebody, he'd set up for the Angels," said Kevin Kohler, Guardado's agent. "Right now, it's hard to see how it would fit. They have interest, and so do we, but a lot of things would have to happen."
Guardado gets 21st save
(7/19/2003) Eddie Guardado allowed only one run on one hit, but saved his 21st game by beating Oakland on Friday.
Guardado gets 19th save in 20 games
(6/14/2003) Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to notch his league-leading 19th save in 20 opportunities.
Guardado closes out Devil Rays
(4/29/2003) Eddie Guardado pitched a scoreless ninth on Tuesday night against Tampa Bay for his seventh save.
Guardado picks up sixth save
(4/17/2003) Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth inning on Wednesday to earn his sixth save of the season.
Guardado back in action
(2/20/2003) Eddie Guardado, who had a sore back on Tuesday, participated in the full workout on Wednesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Guardado has stiff back
(2/19/2003) The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Guardado skipped postpractice running on Tuesday due to stiffness in his back. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the injury is not considered serious.
(10/29/2002) The Minnesota Twins exercised their 2003 contract options on Guardado, LaTroy Hawkins and Tom Prince on Monday. Guardado will return as the team's closer, and should be one of the best Fantasy finishers in AL-only leagues once again.
(2/20/2002) Twins manager Ron Gardenhire reiterated his offseason statements that Guardado is still his closer on Tuesday. "Eddie finished our season last year doing a good job as a closer, and I don't think you lose the job in the offseason," Gardenhire told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune. "I don't think he blew any saves this winter, so he's OK with me." Guardado is the guy to get for saves in Minnesota, although don't be surprised if Mike Jackson or LaTroy Hawkins gets a chance sometime during the season.
(6/20/2001) Guardado was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. He will return to his left-handed setup role, and could snag the occasional save with LaTroy Hawkins struggling of late. Guardado is worth a look in deeper AL-only leagues.
(6/15/2001) Guardado is reportedly making quick progress in his return from a knee injury and might be activated on June 20. He has limited Fantasy value, but could pick up some scattered saves.
(6/6/2001) The Twins put Guardado on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. Guardado felt stiffness in the knee after Monday's game and will have surgery to repair it. He's expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks. After the game, Kelly said they would call up lefty Juan Rincon from Double-A New Britain.
(6/30/1999) Eddie Guardado has been activated off the DL. He will be used as Mike Trombley's primary set-up man. He may also see a few save opportunities.
(6/24/1999) Left-hander Eddie Guardado was sent to Double-A New Britain on a 20-day rehabilitation assignment. Guardado has been out since May 24 with a strained ligament in his left elbow. He probably won't spend more than a week at Double-A.
(6/21/1999) The Twins have sent reliever Eddie Guardado to Double-A New Britain for a rehab assignment.
(5/25/1999) Eddie Guardado was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of his ailing left elbow.