Lincecum talks about his spring debut

Posted By on February 25, 2011 3:33 pm

Here’s a little video I took in the clubhouse of Tim Lincecum talking about his spring debut. Lincecum gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks. The line was ugly, as happens often in spring training, but Lincecum wasn’t too concerned. Pitchers never are.

Bruce Bochy said he’s noticed a difference so far this spring with Lincecum, who had said he was in better shape than this time last year.

“He’s ahead of where he was last year,” Bochy said. “You could tell from his first bullpen that he had been throwing.”

Last spring Lincecum was “a little offspeed happy” so the Giants pitched him in minor league games to let him work through some issues.

Other notable items:

  • Pablo Sandoval hit into what would have been a double play, which is bad, but he beat the throw at first, which is good. The old, fatter, Pablo may not have made it. “No question he’s quicker,” Bochy said. “He’s lighter on his feet. His first step is much quicker.”
  • Bochy said there was a “buzz” in the ballpark as the Giants took the field for the first time in a game — well, sort of a game — as the world champs. Lincecum also admitted he had a few butterflies, although they were gone quickly.
  • Cody Ross left the game because of a migraine.
  • Brandon Belt made a nice play at first base. At least, Bochy said he did. I didn’t see it because I was in the clubhouse talking to Lincecum.
  • Here is my story from earlier today about Madison Bumgarner and how the Giants plan to deal with issues of his workload.

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