Feb 16, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) throws in the bullpen during camp at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Giants' Tim Lincecum threw off mound during winter

It can be difficult to change routines, especially for a starting pitcher, where routine is so key to preparation.

Tim Lincecum saw an opportunity  for improvement, however. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reported that Lincecum told everyone that he had thrown off a mound in winter. This was unusual as ‘The Freak’ had not usually thrown off of a mound during the winter months.

Lincecum rented out a warehouse in Seattle and installed a portable pitching mound so he could throw to his friends as part of his off season training regimen. He did this, according to the media, to have a good Spring Training, another oddity for Lincecum. Tim was hoping for a good pre-season showing so that he could go into the 2014 regular season with as few question marks attached to his name as possible.

The 29-year old Lincecum signed a two-year, $40 million deal with the San Francisco Giants after the 2011 season, but grossly under-performed, going 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA in 2012 and 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 2013. The two-time Cy Young award winner did throw a no hitter just before the All-Star break and showed great signs of improvement in the second half of the season, but ultimately did not live up to the worth of his contract. This past season, he signed another two-year deal with the Giants, but for a slightly lower $35 million.

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