As if taking a comeback line drive off the knee weren’t enough, Tim Lincecum found himself dealing with a different kind of issue this week…the kind of issue that involved spending a lot of time near a toilet.
Even with those issues, Andre Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports that Lincecum plans to pitch for the Giants on Thursday and make his 2014 debut.
Whacked on the knee, spent yesterday praying to the porcelain god…and Tim Lincecum still plans to start tomorrow. #pedialyte
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) April 2, 2014
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
With a newly inked two-year, $35 million deal, Lincecum hopes to continue the process of re-inventing himself. The former Cy Young award winner is no longer the staff ace. Truthfully he has to battle just to be considered the #3 guy in their rotation.
Last season Lincecum went 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA. The win-loss record wasn’t exciting, but he did turn in 197.2 innings and an 8.8 K/9 clip. Even with that being his worst strikeout rate of his career, Lincecum proved to have plenty of value, leaving some to question if he would sign elsewhere for bigger money as a free agent this past off-season.
He is back in San Francisco, so now Lincecum will look to rebound from an oddly eventful week and get off to a good start in 2014.