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DENVER – When the Giants report to Comerica Park on Friday, Tim Lincecum will still be in the bullpen.
Hey, it worked out last time the Giants went to Detroit.
Lincecum is still finding his way and Giants manager Bruce Bochy is willing to overlook the six runs that Yusmeiro Petit allowed in four innings Tuesday night, chalking it up to Coors Field. So Petit will remain in the rotation for at least another turn.
“He didn’t get the movement on his cutter like he usually does, and two-strike breaking balls hung,” Bochy said of Petit. “It happens in this ballpark.”
Bochy also noted that he was responsible for one of the runs because he had Petit intentionally walk Corey Dickerson, who came around to score. It’s the only walk Petit has issued since July 22.
They don’t have the same comfort level that Lincecum will throw strikes. And although he was a lethal weapon in the 2012 World Series as a relief pitcher (4 2/3 hitless innings, eight strikeouts), he won’t be used quite the same way on this trip to Detroit.
“I don’t know at this point if he’s really feeling comfortable to be put in high-stress situations,” Bochy said of Lincecum, who allowed three runs in two innings Sunday against Milwaukee. “I don’t think he’s quite ready for that.”
At the same time, Bochy said he wouldn’t hesitate to use Lincecum if needed, and that he’s still higher in the pecking order than most of not all of the club’s September call-ups.
Could it help him mentally, just to sit in the Comerica Park bullpen and be reminded of the impact he made as a reliever two seasons ago?
“That’s a good question,” Bochy said. “He’ll have good memories going through his head. You want your players to think of the good times. That’s always good for their confidence.”
Lincecum continues to throw side sessions but of shorter duration so he can be available in relief, Bochy said.
Petit’s next turn comes up Tuesday, when the Giants begin a homestand against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also would be lined up to face the first-place Dodgers in the following series at AT&T Park.
In one other bullpen note, Bochy said right-hander Juan Gutierrez is available again after having a cortisone injection on Thursday to help alleviate some biceps tendiditis.