Lincecum’s First Appearance on the Horizon

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Updated: May 30, 2016

When the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first signed former San Francisco Giant Tim Lincecum on May 20th, 2016, the date for his first possible start seemed like it would never arrive. Now, just ten days after signing a one year, $2.5 million dollar contract, Lincecum is preparing to make two starts with triple-A Salt Lake City Bees before potentially starting with the Angels on June 12th.

On May 28th, 2016, Tim Lincecum threw 75 pitches in 5 innings of work in an extended Spring Training appearance in Tempe, Arizona. He gave up just two runs and two hits, averaging between 88-90 mph.

In his 9 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Lincecum posted a 3.61 ERA with a 108-83 record. His 2015 season with the Giants was cut short due to injury when he was forced to have hip surgery to repair a degenerative hip issue that resulted in instability rather than pain. Before that, he had only pitched 76 1/3 innings with a 4.13 ERA.

At the end of his career with the Giants, Tim Lincecum’s decline in velocity increased his trouble on the mound. While his velocity in the extended Spring Training appearance was not as high as it was pre-hip injury, it seems as though he has not skipped a beat.

If everything goes as scheduled, Tim Lincecum will start June 2nd and June 7th with triple-A Salt Lake City Bees before his potential start June 12th with the Angels.

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