|Wild Lowry has tendinitis in left wrist, sent back to San Francisco to see hand specialist|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 04 March 2008 15:04|
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 ERA 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 1 1-3 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 - and then said his pinpoint control was off.
Maddux pitched two hitless innings as San Diego beat the Giants 9-6.
``I was a little wild, obviously,'' Maddux said. ``I know it don't look like it, but I'm trying to go down and away and going up and in. I was kind of wild in the strike zone. I'm glad it was in spring training rather than in the season because the hitters aren't quite right yet.''
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. Kei Igawa, Scott Patterson and Billy Traber also pitched for the Yankees.
Red Sox 5, Pirates 3
At Fort Myers, Fla., Daisuke Matsuzaka worked three effective innings for the Red Sox. Dice-K hopes to pitch in Boston's season-opening series in Japan, but his wife is due to give birth on the day the team leaves for Tokyo.
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.
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, 4 1/2 innings
At Sarasota, Fla., Cliff Lee returned from a sinus infection and pitched one inning for Cleveland in a rain-shortened game. The lefty, competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, had been ill for a week.
Orioles 10, Cardinals 2
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Melvin Mora went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs for Baltimore. He also walked, scored three times to raise his spring average to .583.
Dodgers (ss) 5, Nationals (ss) 3
At Viera, Fla., Esteban Loaiza cruised through two innings for Los Angeles. The two-time All-Star was hampered by injuries last season and the Dodgers claimed him off waivers from Oakland in September.
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. Arizona's Emilio Bonifacio was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Kason Gabbard, was woozy when he left the game and later said he felt OK.
Royals 11, Rockies 5
At Tucson, Ariz., Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer for Colorado. Alberto Callaspo homered for Kansas City.
Brewers 10, Cubs 6, 10 innings
At Mesa, Ariz., Tony Gwynn Jr. homered, tripled and stole a base for Milwaukee.