From John Fay’s Reds notebook this morning:

Despite the shoulder stiffness, Ramirez continues to throw. He increased intensity Thursday.

“I want to throw, but I want it to feel good first,” he said.

Am I the only one that thinks this is a bad idea?

Left-hander Bill Bray has retired all nine hitters he has faced this spring, but he hasn’t pitched since March 8 because of a stiff shoulder. “It’s OK now,” Bray said. “I threw (Thursday) and it’s ready to go.”

Let’s hope that Bray is throwing in a game soon.

The team hasn’t given Eddie Guardado a rehab timetable. “They know I’ll try to get ahead of it,” he said.

Guardado, the Reds’ closer briefly last season, is coming back from “Tommy John” surgery that was performed Aug. 19.

Today is a big day. Guardado will throw off the mound for the first time since his surgery.

“It’s a big deal,” Guardado said. “Being up on that mound puts more pressure on the elbow. We’ll see how it feels. It’s a good test.”

Guardado, a 36-year-old left-hander, hopes to be back pitching by June 22. That’s when the Reds go to Seattle to play his former team.

“It’s been going good,” he said. “I haven’t had any setbacks.”

And this could be great news, if it happens. If nothing else, it would give the team some depth and some possible trade material.