This season, Lofgren has been making the adjustment to Double-A competition at Akron, where he's gone 8-5 with a 4.18 ERA in 16 starts. He's been working on more consistently commanding his slider in a repertoire that includes a mid-90s fastball."I've had a couple rough patches," he said. "But every time you move up a level, you're going to have that. I've had some good learning experiences. Lately, things have been going real well and I hope to take that into the second half." Of course, Lofgren will need full use of his left hand to do so. And he had a scary -- actually, it's better described as humorous -- moment involving that hand before Sunday's game. While standing in the U.S. team's dugout, he reached up to rest his hands on a ledge near the ceiling, only to find he had mistakenly grabbed onto an active dugout heater. "Lofgren out with third-degree burns," he joked. He recovered from the incident in time to work the second inning of the Futures Game, in which he worked a scoreless second inning. That put a fine cap on what was a happy homecoming for Lofgren. "My first day back, I took a couple camera crews [from MiLB.com] around San Francisco," he said. "I took them on a trolley and down to Pier 39 to see the seals and Alcatraz. It's been a good time. [Saturday] night, we had a dinner for my friends and family." And no, it did not consist of Dippin' Dots and garlic fries.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less