[UPDATED AT 10:23 A.M.]
VIERA, Fla. -- Veteran reliever Eddie Guardado was one of eight players cut from big-league camp this morning as the Nationals moved to reduce their roster count.
Guardado, who had been in camp as a non-roster invitee, was given his outright release. Fellow left-hander Shawn Estes also was released.
Six players were re-assigned to minor-league camp: right-handers Logan Kensing, Ryan Speier and Joel Peralta, left-hander Victor Garate, catcher Derek Norris and outfielder Jerry Owens.
Guardado, 39, appeared in two games this spring, four runs and seven hits in two innings. He owns a career 4.31 ERA and 187 saves in 17 seasons with the Twins, Mariners, Reds and Rangers.
"We respect everything Eddie's done in the game," manager Jim Riggleman said. "But the more we looked at it, we just felt that we may not carry two left-handers in the bullpen, assuming [Sean] Burnett is one guy who we will carry. We may not carry two, but if we did carry two, there's a couple other guys we want to watch the remainder of spring training in that role. We just felt if Eddie's got a chance to get into another camp, better to do it now than later."
Ron Villone and Doug Slaten are the other left-handed relievers competing for a possible spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
Estes, 37, was trying to revive his career after making only nine major-league appearances in the last three years. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in his lone inning of work this spring.
Today's cuts leave the Nationals' spring roster at 53.