Loux progressing, should be big-league ready soon

July 25, 2012, 3:54 am
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Right-handed relief pitcher Shane Loux joined Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday to begin his rehab assignment. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 29th (retroactive to June 26th) with a neck strain that occurred during a workout. The veteran pitcher said he feels good and the heat in Fresno is helping his neck strain.

Loux threw one inning for the AZL Giants in Arizona this past Saturday before heading to Fresno. In that outing, he struck out one and didnt allow a hit. He threw two bullpen sessions between Saturday and Tuesday to make sure everything recovered the way it was supposed to.

He expects to be ready to compete at the big league level after two outings. He is working on sharpening his pitches, especially his fastball.

I want to establish the fastball, which has been my problem Loux said. Getting the finish on my fastball because it requires a lot of the same strain from the injury.

Before hitting the disabled list on June 29th, Loux made 11 appearances out of the bullpen for the San Francisco Giants. He posted a 4.50 ERA with nine runs, eight strikeouts and three walks in 16 innings of relief work.