Lowry and Vizquel anticipate return
Starters both making speedy recoveries following surgery
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Good news burst into the Giants clubhouse on Monday morning in the form of left-handed pitcher Noah Lowry and shortstop Omar Vizquel.The Giants' two key players are beginning their rehabs from surgeries and were bouncing around in good spirits. "I'm going dancing tonight," Vizquel declared, a little less than three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus from his left knee. The Giants' starting shortstop is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Lowry was practically glowing as he talked about surgery that eased the exertional compartmental syndrome in his left forearm. He could be throwing off flat ground in a little more than a week. "I pray to God this has taken care of the problem I've had," Lowry said. "I'll have an answer to that in April when I'm back throwing off a mound." Because Lowry's surgery did not involve cutting into muscle, he will be able to return to action relatively soon. "I'm keeping my lower half in shape and doing some basic arm movements," said Lowry, who went 14-8 with a 3.92 ERA with the Giants last season. "Hopefully I haven't lost much strength. I worked hard in the offseason to get my body in shape. Right now I've had four or five days off. That's going to set you back a little, but not [back] a month." If everything goes according to plan, Lowry and Vizquel could be making their season debuts at just about the same time. Vizquel's current regimen has him riding a bike and going through balancing drills, dodging balls and testing his lateral movement. He won't put any more pressure on his knee for awhile. "Everything is going all right," he said. "I'm about a week from running." The future Hall of Fame shortstop is coming off a season in which he hit .246, his lowest full-year average since batting .230 with the Seattle Mariners in 1991. The 11-time Gold Glove winner needs to play 14 games to become the all-time leader at shortstop, ahead of Luis Aparicio's 2,583. Vizquel is already the all-time leader with 1,657 double plays as a shortstop.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.