Archive for Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Giants’ Lowry has ailing wrist

March 5, 2008


The San Francisco Giants hope they've found what was driving Noah Lowry wild.

A day after Lowry walked nine of 12 batters, he was diagnosed with tendinitis in his left wrist Tuesday and sent home to San Francisco to see a hand specialist.

"You go out there and you want to compete at the level that you know you're capable of competing at and sometimes your body doesn't allow you to do that," he said. "At this level you have to be right physically. Right now it's not."

Lowry was 14-8 with a 3.92 earned-run average last year before a bone spur in his left elbow cut short his season in late August.

In his first start this spring, he walked three and threw two pitches to the backstop while giving up three runs in 11â3 innings. On Monday, only four of his first 40 pitches were strikes against Texas.

A series of tests revealed the tendinitis.

"It looks like we've identified the problem," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I didn't know anything about it. I don't think anybody was aware."

Lowry will take anti-inflammatories and wear a splint on his left thumb for the next few days.

"They feel by the weekend, if we stay away from any kind of use with my wrist, that hopefully we can turn the corner on this," Lowry said.

By comparison, Greg Maddux threw 16 of his 18 pitches for strikes Tuesday.

Maddux pitched two hitless innings as San Diego beat the Giants, 9-6.

In other spring training games:

Yankees 2, Blue Jays 0, 5 innings

At Dunedin, Fla., Phil Hughes and three New York relievers combined on a perfect game called after five innings because of rain.

Red Sox 5, Pirates 3

At Fort Myers, Fla., Daisuke Matsuzaka worked three effective innings for the Red Sox.

Astros 11, Tigers 10

At Kissimmee, Fla., Nate Robertson pitched three scoreless innings and struck out four for Detroit. The Tigers lefty signed a three-year, $21.25 million contact extension this offseason and became a father for the first time on Feb. 28.

Braves 10, Phillies 1

At Kissimmee, Fla., Tim Hudson kept experimenting during three innings for Atlanta. Hudson is working on a backdoor slider to throw to lefties.

Nationals (ss) 4, Dodgers (ss)

At Vero Beach, Fla., Hiroki Kuroda wriggled out of trouble in his second spring training start.

Athletics 9, Mariners 6

At Phoenix, Seattle starter Miguel Batista pitched three innings and left with a sore back. He felt it stiffen up in the second inning, and said it's been bothering him for a few days.

White Sox 7, Angels 6

At Tucson, Ariz., Jose Contreras continued to try out different arm angles over three innings. He was 10-17 with a 5.57 ERA for Chicago.

Reds 7, Indians 4, 41â2 inn.

At Sarasota, Fla., Cliff Lee returned from a sinus infection and pitched one inning for Cleveland in a rain-shortened game.

Orioles 10, Cardinals 2

At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Melvin Mora went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs for Baltimore.

Dodgers (ss) 5, Nationals (ss) 3

At Viera, Fla., Esteban Loaiza cruised through two innings for Los Angeles.

Mets 6, Marlins 2

At Jupiter, Fla., John Maine bounced back from a rough start in his spring debut, pitching three innings for New York.

Diamondbacks 9, Rangers 3

At Surprise, Ariz., Conor Jackson hit a grand slam and a two-run triple for the Diamondbacks.

Brewers 10, Cubs 6, 10 inn.

At Mesa, Ariz., Tony Gwynn Jr. homered, tripled and stole a base for Milwaukee.


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