SAN FRANCISCO -- After missing the first half of the season following surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow in April, Drew Storen knew there would be some inconsistency when he came back.
From that perspective, Tuesday night's rough outing was just another part of the process. Storen gave up four runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch while recording only one out on 23 pitches.
"It's all part of it. It's just getting back in a groove," Storen said. "It's part of the healing process and part of getting polished.
"I've just got to make the adjustments, I guess. Missing down in the zone is not really normal for me. I've got to adjust and go from there."
That was what manager Davey Johnson saw as well: Storen was simply missing his spots, particularly with his breaking ball. Johnson didn't want to use reliever Sean Burnett to finish out the inning, but he also didn't want to see Storen take too much damage.
"It was more that he had trouble locating everything, really. I don't know if he was trying to throw too hard," Johnson said. "Hopefully I didn't let him throw too many pitches."
Storen, for his part, took the outing in stride. Although he issued a four-pitch walk to Buster Posey and let Posey take third on a wild pitch, all the hits he gave up were on ground balls.
"You're going to have that. You've got to make adjustments," Storen said. "I just wasn't really able to do it, and when I did, like I said, grounders found holes. It's going to happen."