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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Tim Lincecum to undergo treatment


By on 10/23/2014 06:00:00 PM

Giants right hander Tim Lincecum, who left a relief appearance in Game 2 of the World Series in mid at-bat on Wednesday (video here and below), will undergo treatment and further evaluation on his lower back, reports Janie McCauley of the Associated Press.

Prior to his exit, Lincecum threw 23 pitches, getting five outs (two strikeouts) as he appeared in the 7th and 8th innings of the Giants' 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. McCauley writes, "He is doing OK," athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said in a text message Thursday. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes Lincecum could be needed, with relievers Jean Machi and Hunter Strickland struggling on the postseason stage.
I'll have to see how he's doing and where we're at, but I was happy for him," Giants manager Brude Bochy said. "He should feel good about how he threw the ball. He's going to be a guy that if he's healthy, we'll probably use in that [setup] area."
The World Series is tied at 1-1, with Game 3 scheduled for Friday  at 8:07 p.m. (ET) in San Francisco.

As reported earlier, Lincecum did not go through a full workout on Saturday due to a stiff neck. He also missed the World Series opening lineup announcement on Tuesday with a stomach ailment. 

Tim Lincecum

It's undeniable that the four-time All-Star, two-time Cy Young winner, and hero of two World Series is on the downside of his career—even though he's thrown no-hitters in his two most recent seasons. In 2014, Lincecum had his first winning season since 2010, going 12-9 in 26 starts and seven relief appearances (one save). His underlying stats, however, were not great: an ERA of 4.74 (ERA+ 74), WHIP of 1.394, less than a strikeout per inning, and, most significantly, a dramatic decline in fastball velocity have removed him from the top or even middle tier of starting pitchers. Hence, the Freak has no spot in the Giants' postseason rotation, and his relief role is that of last guy out of the bullpen.  “You can’t ever have enough pitching and experience,” Bochy said. “I think about Tim, trust me, and the fact that he hasn’t been out there. I haven’t forgotten about what he’s done and what he could do for us.”

Lincecum, who is finishing his eighth major league season, was the Giants' first round draft pick in 2006 and made his debut May 6, 2007. His long hair, relatively small stature (5'11" 170 lbs) and intense delivery caused fans to nickname him "The Freak," as it was amazing to see a 98-mph fastball come from that slim figure. In his second season Lincecum won his first Cy Young award, going 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA and 265 strikeouts. As a starter, Lincecum won Game 1 and Game 5 of the 2010 World Series against the Texas Rangers. In the 2012 World Series, Lincecum made two brilliant relief appearances in Games 1 and 3 against the Detroit Tigers. The Giants swept the Series.

Lincecum, now 30, is signed to a two-year $35 million contract that takes him through the 2015 season.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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