ST. LOUIS -- Shane Loux considers himself a bit of utility man in the Giants' bullpen. Whether his services are needed as early as the first inning or to get the final out of the ninth, Loux is ready to go whenever.
So was the case Sunday in Colorado as Loux warmed up in the first inning with Tim Lincecum venturing through a 36-pitch first frame. Loux sat down and ultimately relieved Jeremy Affeldt with two out and two men on in the ninth.
Loux used two pitches to seal the Giants' 8-3 victory in his first ninth-inning appearance in more than a month.
"We're using guys in their roles," Loux said. "Guys are doing their jobs and my job is to pitch when asked. It doesn't really matter if it's the first inning or then. Basically, the bottom line, they asked me to get an out and I came in and threw sinkers."
Loux was activated off the disabled list Thursday and had been shelved since June 26 with a neck strain. The 32-year-old right-hander said he's been doing more balanced workouts recently -- rather than focusing on building strength -- to make sure his body is ready to perform.
With many roles in the Giants' bullpen clearly defined, Loux prepares himself to handle any situation that other San Francisco relievers aren't already expected to be called upon for.
"For guys like me, my role is to pitch where they're not," Loux said, "whether it be eat innings early or cleaning up the last couple innings in a lopsided game. Whatever that role is when you don't want to burn arms, that's my role."