|Giants lefty likely to miss next start because of tendinitis in pitching wrist|
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|Tuesday, 04 March 2008 13:56|
The lefty is expected to be inactive for at least three or four days. On Monday, he walked nine of 12 batters against Texas.
``It's frustrating,'' Lowry said. ``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. At this level you have to be right physically. Right now it's not.''
In his first start against the Cubs on Feb. 28, the 27-year-old walked three and sailed two pitches to the backscreen while giving up three runs in 1 1-3 innings.
Against the Rangers, he walked seven batters in the first inning and threw 40 pitches, only four of them for strikes. Lowry left after walking the first two batters in the second inning.
After consulting with manager Bruce Bochy, pitching coach Dave Righetti and team trainers, Lowry met with Dr. Gary Waslewski on Tuesday in Scottsdale.
Waslewski, an orthopedic surgeon for the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL and a consultant for the Chicago White Sox, ran a series of tests that revealed Lowry's injury.
Later in the afternoon Lowry boarded a plane for the Bay Area and was scheduled to meet with Dr. Gordon Brody, the Giants' hand specialist. Lowry was expected to return to Arizona on Wednesday.
``It looks like we've identified the problem,'' Bochy said. ``I didn't know anything about it. I don't think anybody was aware.''
Lowry said the wrist problem bothered him during his start against the Cubs but hadn't been an issue when he threw in the bullpen. He also bristled at talk comparing his situation with that of one-time St. Louis pitcher Rick Ankiel.
Ankiel had a meltdown in Game 1 of the 2000 NL playoffs against Atlanta when he walked four batters and threw five wild pitches in the third inning. He never recovered and has since been moved to the outfield for the Cardinals.
Lowry, who went 14-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 2007 before a bone spur in his left elbow cut his season short in late August, took exception to the comparison.
``You're coming now and you're questioning my character,'' he said. ``To question my character is a slap in the face. But if that's the way that it goes, that's the way that it goes.''
Lowry will take anti-inflammatories and wear a splint on his left thumb for the next few days. He will not do any throwing, making it almost certain he'll skip his next scheduled start on Saturday.
``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.
He did not rule out taking a cortisone shot if his current treatments fail.
``That's another option down the road,'' he said. ``It's not something that I want to do but at the same time, if we go a couple days and that anti-inflammatory thing's not working and the splint's not working, that would be an option.''