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Lowry to test free agency

As expected, Noah Lowry is becoming a free agent.

The Giants declined to exercise the $6.25 million option on Lowry’s 2010 contract — a predictable move, given the left-hander’s two-year inactivity due to injury. The club then reinstated Lowry and right-handers Justin Miller and Kelvin Pichardo from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted them to Triple-A Fresno.

Bobby Evans, the Giants’ vice president of baseball operations, explained that Lowry and Miller can become free agents since they have more than five years of Major League service time. Damon Lapa, Lowry’s agent, confirmed in an e-mail response that his client will opt for free agency rather than accept the Giants’ assignment.

If you’re reading this, you might be among the throng of fans to ask me recently how Lowry’s doing and what might his immediate future hold. You’ll be glad to know that Lapa also reported that Lowry is throwing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays “without any limitations or restrictions.” Lapa added, “I’ve personally played catch with him and he is back to his pre-injury form.”

Lowry should be able to find a job easily. He’s only 29. He owns a 40-31 Major League record, having led the Giants in victories in 2005-07. He displays immeasurable confidence when he strides to the mound as if it were his personal throne and stubbornly challenges hitters with his changeup. His intangibles alone make him worth signing.

Whether the Giants will bring back Lowry is debatable. Earlier this year Lapa claimed that the club “misdiagnosed” Lowry’s forearm injury, which couldn’t have helped the relationship between the sides. Then again, worse rifts have been mended.

Miller, 32, contributed to the success of the Giants’ bullpen by posting a 3-3 record with a 3.18 ERA in 44 appearances. Inflammation in his throwing elbow ended his season in September. Pichardo, 24, was sidelined for much of the season but is on the roster of Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League.

— Chris Haft 

Miller testing elbow already

SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Justin Miller, who went on the 60-day disabled list on Sept. 16 with inflammation in his throwing elbow, already has begun playing catch.

Miller threw at a 60-foot distance on flat ground Sunday, then lengthened that to 60-to-75 feet Tuesday. He plans to throw again Wednesday with greater intensity, which he said will give him a better indication of how to proceed from there in his rehabilitation.

Miller, 32, hopes to avoid surgery. He performed respectably for the Giants in middle and long relief this year, finishing 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 44 appearances.

— Chris Haft

Giants might bid adieu to Aurilia

SAN FRANCISCO — Nothing’s official, so this could be pure speculation. But a huge hint was dropped Monday night that when right fielder Nate Schierholtz is activated Tuesday, releasing veteran infielder Rich Aurilia will be the corresponding roster move.

If so, it’ll be an untimely development for an individual who has conducted himself with class through 12 Major League seasons. The thinking here is that the Giants could have used Aurilia’s bat off the bench down the stretch — if he’s indeed gone.

A Giants official said that no move had yet been made. But shortly after reporters were admitted into the Giants’ clubhouse following their 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, Aurilia and bench coach Ron Wotus were seen exchanging a hug. They wouldn’t have been doing that sort of thing if Wotus planned on hitting Aurilia grounders during batting practice on Tuesday.

Aurilia remained mostly mum — and cordial. “I’ve got nothing to say, guys,” he said. “Good night. I’ll see you tomorrow.”


Some bright spots for the Giants:

— Bengie Molina homered for the third time in four games.

— Randy Winn, who entered the game in a 6-for-42 (.143) skid, went 2-for-4.

— Eugenio Velez extended his hitting streak to 16 games. He’s batting .420 (29-for-69) in that span.

— The bullpen was outstanding. Justin Miller worked two scoreless innings, Sergio Romo continued his dominance of the Dodgers (they’re 1-for-32 in seven games off him) and Merkin Valdez coolly stranded a runner on third base.

But …

— The Giants have lost back-to-back home games since the Angels swept them in mid-June.

— Chris Haft

Frandsen optioned to Triple-A; Guzman reassigned

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It’s official. The Giants announced Tuesday morning that infielder Kevin Frandsen has been optioned to Triple-A Fresno, meaning that Emmanuel Burriss will be San Francisco’s Opening Day second baseman.

The Giants also reassigned infielder-outfielder Jesus Guzman to Minor League camp. Guzman, who hit a robust .412 but couldn’t find a position, likely will try find one at Triple-A. He said he had not been told what spot he will play.

Though the Giants didn’t announce it, it’s believed that right-handers Justin Miller and Brandon Medders were reassigned to Minor League camp. Miller confirmed the move.

— Chris Haft