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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 

Non-roster sleepers awaken Giants; injury updates

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jesus Guzman and Andres Torres almost surely won’t make the Giants’ Opening Day roster. But they’re starting to show that if the Giants ever need them during the season, they’ll be ready when they show up.

Guzman, 24, is the more well-known of the two, although “well-known” isn’t a term commonly associated with non-roster players. Guzman commanded some attention in the offseason by hitting .349 with 13 homers in 61 games and driving in a Venezuelan Winter League-record 67 runs for Caracas. That earned the third baseman league Most Valuable Player honors. The Giants are his third professional organization.

Torres, 31, is a switch-hitting outfielder who has spent 11 years in professional baseball, including fractions of the 2002-05 seasons with Detroit and Texas. That’s the profile of a baseball journeyman.

Except that neither he nor Guzman have looked like journeymen so far in Cactus League games. Guzman ricocheted an eighth-inning RBI triple off the right-field fence Sunday, and Torres has made two excellent plays in center field in recent days. Torres also scored twice in the Giants’ 5-2 victory Sunday over Milwaukee.

Manager Bruce Bochy was especially impressed with Torres: “Those were impressive jumps he gets to the ball, and he has pop from both sides of the plate. He’s interesting.”

“Interesting” can lead to a mid- or late-season callup under many circumstances.

As for the injuries, outfielder Nate Schierholtz is expected to be sidelined for two to three days with back spasms. Those, said Bochy, could be related to Schierholtz’s tight hamstrings.

Left-hander Noah Lowry didn’t throw over the weekend, as expected, but could resume tossing sometime this week.

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