“I could lob it up there, then click, clap, pop, boom, bang, bing,” he said, demonstrating near his store’s sales counter a circular motion of just how poorly his arm would perform. “That’s not how I want to be remembered.”
Not with a shoulder that has never recovered from all the wear and tear, a left arm that has endured operations on each side of his elbow, and a troublesome neck that will one day require fusing and cause him to “move like a robot,” as he puts it. He will avoid that procedure as long as possible so he can continue to be active with his children and do things he loves, like golf.
Lowry, selected 30th overall by San Francisco in the 2001 amateur draft, underwent four operations in three years, including the opening of his upper chest area near the neck for the removal of a couple of ribs to relieve a circulatory problem.
He knows the Giants medical staff tried to make him right.
“I have issues all over the place,” Lowry said with a smile of his current self. “Those guys over there, that staff, they’re good people. They did everything they could possibly try to do with my best interest at hand, their best interest. That organization is a model organization, it really is, and should be respected and is respected. Life moves on for us all, right?”
In the spring of 2008, he was diagnosed with exertional compartment syndrome, an exercise-induced neuromuscular condition. He struggled with control at spring training, returned to the Bay Area for further tests and had surgery to repair the rare nerve problem in his forearm.
He had hoped to return by mid-April but still was experiencing the tingling sensation in his arm. Lowry rehabilitated that entire season, then underwent arthroscopic surgery after the year on the back of his pitching elbow to remove bone spurs.