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Mar 17, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) warms up before facing the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Will Tim Lincecum be ready to start after liner off knee?

The San Francisco Giants got a scare after Tim Lincecum took a line drive off the bat of Daric Barton off the inside of his left knee in Friday night’s exhibition game against the Oakland A’s, but Giants fans can take a deep sigh of relief knowing he avoided a fracture and shouldn’t miss any time.

“I’m not too worried,” Lincecum tells Chris Haft of MLB.com. “I knew it hit me in a relatively good spot. It didn’t hit me in the front of the kneecap.” … “Things are looking positive, the way I feel right now,” Lincecum said in typically upbeat fashion.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he’ll have a better idea on Sunday, but thinks he’ll be okay to make his scheduled start. Lincecum has only missed one start in his career when back spasms kept him from taking the mound against the San Diego Padres in 2009.

Lincecum is far-removed from the two-time Cy Young award winner he was earlier in his career after sub-500 records each of the last three seasons, including going 10-14 with a 4.37 e.r.a. in 2013, but it’s great he avoided serious injury which would have put Yusmeiro Petit in the rotation in his absence.

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