Notes: Lowry unfazed by trade talk
Left-hander concentrating on staying healthy, contributing
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Although trade rumors continue to envelop Noah Lowry, he won't let them entangle his psyche.Lowry spent the offseason as the likeliest Giants starter to be dealt for hitting help, particularly after the Tim Lincecum-for-Alex Rios deal dissolved at the Winter Meetings. Lincecum and Matt Cain became untouchable and Barry Zito's contract made him untradeable. That left Lowry, whose 40-31 record in four years and affordable contract ($2.25 million this year, $4.5 million next season) conceivably made him attractive. "To tell you the truth, it's really not going to weigh on me at all," Lowry said Wednesday as Giants pitchers and catchers reported to camp. "It's out of my control. It's not something I gave much thought or concern to this whole offseason. My concern is what I can control. There's enough pressure within the game itself to focus on." General manager Brian Sabean has no worries about Lowry's mindset. "This kid's really mentally tough," Sabean said. "I think that's what makes him so resilient. He's been around the block enough to know the process. By the same token, his name wasn't talked about or raised by other teams as much as speculated." Lowry has concentrated on insuring that he's fully recovered from the forearm tightness that forced him to miss last season's final month. He said that he arrived here Feb. 1 to certify that his workout program, which emphasized conditioning his arm, meshed with the athletic training staff's. "I just tried to fine-tune things," said Lowry, who has missed portions of the last two seasons. "As you go year to year, you find little things you're lacking in certain areas."
Short hops: Right-hander Vinnie Chulk, who missed last September with a circulatory ailment that numbed his right middle finger, said that he has been throwing every day for about a month. "Everything has reacted really well," Chulk said. ... Experiencing transportation problems due to nasty weather in the eastern U.S., left-hander Steve Kline informed the Giants that he might miss Thursday's opening workout. ... Bochy said that he expects to announce the order of the season-opening starting rotation on Thursday.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.