Giants' Lowry Experiencing Shoulder Tightness

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San Francisco Giants left-hander Noah Lowry missed his second straight mound session of spring training Tuesday after developing tightness in his shoulder during pre-camp throwing sessions.

Lowry, attempting to win a spot in the Giants rotation after
missing the entire 2008 season, instead threw off flat ground at
the Giants' complex.

"You take a year off, you are bound to have a little
tightness," said Lowry, who has not pitched since August 2007.

Lowry had surgery for a rare neuromuscular problem in his left
forearm, called exertional compartment syndrome, on March 7, 2008,
and then had an arthroscopic procedure to remove a bone spur from
his left elbow in September, as he was preparing to pitch in the
Arizona Rookie League.

Lowry said he pitched off a mound only twice between his two
operations last year.

"Of course I want to be out there," said Lowry, who was 14-8
in 2007 despite missing the final month of that season with
tightness in his left forearm. "I've worked hard all offseason,
day in and day out, to get to this point. The main thing is
(developing arm) strength, but at the same time I don't want to go
out there and set myself back to a point where I might have to take
a couple of days off."

Lowry enters camp as a candidate for the No. 5 spot in the
rotation behind Tim Lincecum, Randy Johnson, Matt Cain and Barry

Manager Bruce Bochy said Lowry is scheduled to throw off a mound