Updates from Saturday, Mar. 29
Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area provides an update on Tim Lincecum's status:
So far, so good. Lincecum’s knee didn’t blow up overnight, and both pitcher and organization are confident that the right-hander will be able to make his scheduled start in Thursday’s series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
“He’s doing fairly well so we’re pretty comfortable he’ll be OK to go,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
#SFGiants Tim Lincecum left tonight's game with a left knee contusion...x-rays are negative— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) March 29, 2014
The 29-year-old took a liner off his left leg and had to be helped off the field, per Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Lincecum nailed in the lower left leg by a Daric Barton liner. Really took a hard shot. Tried to hop off, then collapsed. Helped off field.— Bruce Jenkins (@Bruce_Jenkins1) March 29, 2014
Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area provides an update from Lincecum:
Lincecum on starting Thursday: "Right now things are looking positive, at least the way I feel right now." Called it a dead leg feeling.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) March 29, 2014
Baggarly initially reported Lincecum was pointing to the inside of his left knee before leaving the field:
Lincecum is pointing to inside of his left knee. He's putting almost no weight on it as trainers help him off the field.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) March 29, 2014
This spring looked to be a step forward for Lincecum. After two disappointing seasons, he was showing signs of learning how to rely less on velocity and more on pitch placement.
Although Lincecum is coming off a bad outing less than a week ago, there was reason to hope for San Francisco fans that he would put it all together in 2014 and resemble something closer to the back-to-back Cy Young winner from 2008 and '09.
While the seriousness of the injury is not yet known, it's possible that Lincecum could miss some time, and that isn't the way he or the Giants want to start the new campaign.