SAN FRANCISCO -- When Tim Lincecum finally feels ready to hold a showcase for MLB teams, the Giants might not have to go far to find him.
Lincecum has been using the facilities at Scottsdale Stadium as one of his workout spots as he continues to rehab from September hip surgery. The Giants have not been monitoring Lincecum's bullpen sessions, allowing him to throw to a catcher in private, but they do plan on being present when Lincecum throws for scouts and executives. They have not been given an indication of when that might happen.
The Giants have insisted all along that they will look at Lincecum as a reliever. Per MLB Network's Jon Heyman, who first reported the news of Lincecum working out at the Giants facility, Lincecum is still aiming to be a starter.
Lincecum was originally supposed to throw before the start of spring training, but his camp never scheduled a showcase. He had spent the winter rehabbing in Arizona and does not want to throw for teams until he is 100 percent ready. Lincecum's dad, Chris, told CSN Bay Area this February that they are taking a long-term approach.
"We’re not preparing for a showcase, we’re preparing for a season and his career,” Chris Lincecum said. “The showcase is just a piece of it. Once that’s over, he can go somewhere.”
Tim Lincecum has not spoken publicly since the final week of the 2015 season, but he stopped by Scottsdale Stadium early in spring training to greet old teammates. Giants who have spoken to Lincecum in the past month relayed that the right-handed feels good physically and has not ruled out a return to San Francisco.