Found February 22, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
For two seasons now Tim Lincecum has been struggling to regain his “stud status.” He’s increased his walk rate over the last two years and his strikeout rate has declined, but he’s still managed to rank in the 50′s in PSR thanks to a ton of strikeouts and solid ERA/WHIP ratios. His contact and swinging strike percentages last season were almost identical to his 2009 season when he had a 10.42 K/9 so the decrease has a lot to do with the velocity he’s lost on his fastball. While Lincy may not be the dominant strikeout pitcher he once was, he can still strike out over one batter per inning and put up other good numbers across the board. Best case scenario: Top-five pitcher Similar players: Felix Hernandez (SEA), David Price (TB), CC Sabathia (NYY) Worst case scenario: Mat Latos (CIN) Strengths Strikeouts, division. Lincecum can do one thing well and that’s make people swing and miss. You know he’s good when a 9.12 K/9 is considered a bad season. It also helps that the NL West consisten

SF Giants Rumors: Lincecum Is Back To Throwing, Position Players Report Thursday

Chris Haft of says (via twitter) ace pitcher Tim Lincecum was playing catch today on flat ground with Barry Zito. That’s great news, because his back can’t be that stiff if he’s already back to throwing. It’s a minor injury, but with your ace pitcher, you can never be to careful.   Reporting date for position players is tomorrow(2/23) and the first full-squad workout...

Giants RHP Lincecum forced to cut throwing session short Tuesday

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is day-to-day after being diagnosed with lower back stiffness on Tuesday.Lincecum didn't throw his usual bullpen session Tuesday at the team's camp in Arizona.The Giants' ace threw on a back field for only a few minutes with trainer Dave Groeschner by his side.Lincecum lost 22 pounds in the offseason using a counter-current pool and new diet.

Giants P Lincecum has no issues in bullpen session

Two days after having a bullpen session scratched, San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum was back to normal Thursday. Lincecum threw for about 10 minutes in the bullpen Thursday and said he felt "great." The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner was unable to throw Tuesday due to lower back stiffness. "You wouldn't know that he tweaked his back or whatever...

Stiff Back Derails Lincecum Throwing Session

RHP Tim Lincecum became the second San Francisco Giants pitcher to be pushed off his Spring Training schedule when his bullpen throwing session was cancelled Feb. 21 because of a stiff back.

SF Giants Rumors: Heath Hembree, Brian Wilson and Tim Lincecum

Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News says number 3 prospect in the Giants organization (according to Baseball America) Heath Hembree was throwing bullets in his bullpen session. For those of you that haven’t heard of Hembree. He’s a guy that you might want to keep an eye on. He went 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 53.1 innings between San Jose and Richmond. Did I forget to mention...

Lincecum, Wilson throw normal 'pen sessions

Tim Lincecum dispelled any lingering worries about his health by throwing comfortably off a bullpen mound Thursday. The Giants right-hander was scratched from a similar session Tuesday with a stiff lower back.

Lincecum better, throws on flat ground

Right-hander Tim Lincecum played catch on flat ground Wednesday, dispelling fears about the stiff back that forced him to skip his bullpen throwing session one day earlier.

Stiff back foils Lincecum's throwing session

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was scratched from his scheduled bullpen throwing stint on Tuesday morning with a stiff back.

Lincecum declares himself healthy

San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum went all out during his bullpen session Thursday and reported that he felt just fine.

Spring training recap—Day 6

Today didn’t start out exactly on the right note when one particular Giants player’s name was not displayed on the list of pitchers scheduled to throw. No, I’m not talking about Tim Lincecum (stiff back), Ryan Vogelsong (strained back), or Dan Runzler (left lat). Instead, it was closer Brian Wilson whose name was ominously left off the schedule today, according to Comcast SportsNet’s...

Lincecum back 'feels great' after bullpen session

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum went all out during his bullpen session Thursday and reported that he felt just fine.

Bochy says Tim Lincecum's stiff back not a concern for Giants

Tim Lincecum skipped his bullpen session Tuesday because of a stiff back, but manager Bruce Bochy said it won't be a concern.

Giants ace Lincecum declares himself healthy

San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum went all out during his bullpen session Thursday and reported that he felt just fine.

Spring training recap—Day 5

Most of the veteran hitters are now in camp, minus one: Melky Cabrera. The Giants have asked all position players to arrive by Thursday with full workouts beginning on Friday. The big news today, of course, is how well Tim Lincecum is holding up after he couldn’t go yesterday because of a stiff back. Timmy participated in cardio and stretches with the rest of the team on the field...
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