Wayne Krivsky said the Reds expect to have Eddie Guardado pitching for them this season.
Guardado had Tommy John surgery on Sept. 8, and the typical rehab is a little less than a year. Krvisky said the timetable is usually shorter for a reliever than a starter.
"I’m not into the prediction business, but he’ll be ready at some point in the year," Krivsky said. "Hopefully when he comes back, he’s healthy."
Guardado appeared in 15 games for the Reds, with eight saves and a 1.29 ERA. He was also a bona fide closer for Cincinnati for the short time he was healthy.
The club has an option for 2008 that ranges from $3 million to $7 million, depending on how much he pitches this season. Krivsky said it was very much a sign of the team's interest in Guardado being a long-term part of the team.
Guardado will be in camp in spring training. He probably won't be able to pitch in games in spring training, but he will work out with the team and do his rehabilitation with Reds trainers and help some of the younger pitchers during camp.
Krivsky also said he continues to have talks with Aaron Harang and his people and hopes to avoid arbitration with the pitcher.