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01/08/10 8:07 PM EST

Padres inquire about lefty Lowry

Hurler looking to come back from rib removal

SAN DIEGO -- A year ago, the Padres struck gold with a San Francisco Giants castoff.

Could that happen again in 2010?

The Padres are one of several teams who have shown an interest and requested medical records on left-handed starting pitcher Noah Lowry, who hasn't pitched since the 2007 season because of injuries.

Lowry's agent, Damon Lapa, said Friday that Lowry will throw for teams in a private audition later this month in Arizona. Lapa said that he wouldn't take any offers for his client before that session.

"I think it's safe to say Noah would be open to the possibility of pitching for the Padres," Lapa said. "... San Diego would not be a difficult sell for us."

That's because Lowry once lived in Mission Valley, just east of downtown San Diego, and still counts current Padres starting pitcher -- and former Giants teammate Kevin Correia -- as a very good friend.

In fact, Correia said earlier this week that he has already talked with Lowry about the possibility of pitching for the Padres.

Last season, Correia came to Spring Training on a Minor League contract after spending his entire career in San Francisco. He led the Padres in victories (12) and starts (33) as well as innings (198).

Lowry missed the 2008 season after experiencing wildness during Spring Training. He eventually had surgery on his left forearm, which proved to be the start of his problems.

A year later, Lowry, sidelined by neck and shoulder pain, was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in Spring Training and had surgery to have a rib removed.

"The rehab from the thoracic outlet syndrome is nothing more than rest. It's unusual and unique. There's nothing structurally wrong with him," Lapa said. "He had a rib removed and that takes time to recover from. It's been a frustrating odyssey for him."

Lapa said that Lowry is 10 weeks into his throwing program and expected to enter the start of Spring Training on schedule, ready to compete for a starting job somewhere.

"I think he could have rushed things and tried to come back last year but with all that his body has been through, our goal was to be ready Feb. 15, 2010," Lapa said.

Lowry, 29, has a career record of 40-31 with a 4.03 ERA in 106 games (100 starts). His best season came in 2007 when he was 14-8 with a 3.92 ERA.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.