SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Noah Lowry can barely hold his two young daughters with his left arm, let alone contemplate ever throwing another pitch.
Even the simple task of taking the mound for a ceremonial first toss practically makes him cringe. Lowry insists that would be impossible with his troublesome left side and the regular pain he still experiences despite four surgeries.
The very arm that made Lowry a first-round draft pick and landed him a long-term contract at age 25 forced him out of baseball.
“I miss it. A big part of me misses it,” Lowry said. “But that’s life. Life is a lot of twists and turns. It’s a big part of who I am and what I was.”
Now, he is in a good place — three years after his career ended prematurely with a canceled throwing session, and nearly six years since he last pitched in a major league game for the Giants.
Experiencing tingling and nerve problems in his pitching arm, Lowry missed the final month in 2007 and still led San Francisco with 14 wins.
These days, he lives just 55 miles north of AT&T Park in the Sonoma wine country, where he and two partners bought Santa Rosa Ski and Sports last August. He joined the Chamber of Commerce and makes time to speak with young athletes.
Lowry is proud that his former Giants franchise captured two World Series titles in the past three years.
“I feel like that ring is here already,” he said, touching his heart with his hand. “You’re with them emotionally.”
Lowry will return to the ballpark one day and revisit all the memories of a career cut short, even the most painful ones. The Giants say they will welcome him back whenever that day arrives.
As much as he would love to fling one last pitch — in a game or otherwise — the 32-year-old knows full well his shoulder, neck, forearm and elbow would tell him no.