Tim Lincecum is working his way back from the fall he took last year. No this was not a physical fall. Lincecum fell from dominant starter, to reliever, to spot starter last season. He was still able to contribute to the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory, but he wants to be a starter full time. This spring will give him the opportunity to prove he can still do that. However, he has been hampered by a blister.
Pitchers and blister have a long history. The seemingly minor injury can sometime sideline pitchers for weeks. Luckily, that does not seem to be the case with Lincecum.
Lincecum (blister) says he's "working toward" starting Thursday. #sfgiants.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) March 4, 2013
Last season, Lincecum put up some career-low numbers. He started 33 games, which matches a career-high, but he was relegated to the bullpen in the World Series. Lincecum went 10-15 last year and led the National League in losses. He posted a 5.18 ERA - the highest of his career. While Lincecum was able to show flashes of his brilliant self, he mostly just struggled through the season.
The Giants hope that will change this season. So does Lincecum. Although the team was able to battle through his struggles last year and win the World Series, they will be going up against an improved NL West, and they will need all the help they can get.
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