By the time of Lowry’s neck procedure in May 2009, Lowry’s agent, Damon Lapa, had accused the Giants of misdiagnosing the pitcher.
“The Giants organization and its medical staff have always treated Noah Lowry’s condition appropriately and with the utmost care,” the team responded in a statement then. “We have never performed any medically inappropriate procedures on Mr. Lowry.”
Lowry is long past all of that. The Giants are, too — both sides saddened he couldn’t keep pitching for the organization.
Lowry went 40-31 with a 4.03 ERA in 100 big league starts and six relief appearances in parts of five big league seasons. He earned nearly $11 million from major league contracts and his signing bonus out of college.
“You hate to see anybody’s career end early,” Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. “We drafted him. I’m a big Noah Lowry guy. I remember him right after he signed, all the way to the big leagues, his success, a multiyear deal. Nothing but good things to say about Noah Lowry. It’s hard. I’m sure he was just going through the difficulties of being hurt, year after year trying to get yourself right. I know it was frustrating. He’s always been a great kid. He’ll always be a Giant for us.”
The last the baseball world knew, Lowry was scheduled to throw for scouts from about half the major league clubs in February 2010. But it was too soon, Lowry’s body told him so. He hasn’t been on a mound since.
“Time falls off the map,” Lowry said. “It was a wild ride there for a little bit, but all things that I needed. It was, ‘Wow, this is OK, but no it’s not OK and things are still going on, we’re trying to get it better and things are still going on.’”