SAN DIEGO -- The long shadows on the field say that autumn's approaching, but Noah Lowry's arm keeps telling him it's spring.
Lowry remains in Spring Training mode as he continues his recovery from March forearm surgery.
"Every bullpen's been better than the last," the left-hander said Saturday, two days after mixing breaking pitches into his throwing session for the first time.
Lowry expects to throw off bullpen mounds at least twice more, then face hitters in "live" batting practice before proceeding to the Giants' instructional-league camp in Scottsdale, Ariz. Lowry's also planning to play winter ball for Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League.
"The No. 1 thing is going down there and getting back to being me," said Lowry, the Giants' leading winner in two of the previous three seasons.
Lowry's still not ruling out making an appearance for the Giants before the regular season ends if every moon, star and planet is perfectly aligned in his universe.
"I have to make sure I'm ready for it," Lowry said. "Why not? It's a far cry, but it's something I'd like to happen."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.