SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants can’t keep their Tims healthy at the same time.
On the day Tim Hudson returned to the field, Tim Lincecum was limited by a sore neck. Lincecum pitched just one inning out of the bullpen Wednesday, saying his neck “locked up” overnight. He tried to pitch through it but his mechanics were thrown off because he couldn’t fully turn his head to the left side.
“I tried to see if I could let the day’s motion heat it up,” he said. “That’s the culprit there. That’s frustrating for me not to get the three (innings) and get my work in.”
Lincecum’s one inning was a rough one. He allowed three runs on three hits and a walk and now has given up six runs in four innings this spring. Lincecum was pleased with his two previous outings, when he struck out seven in three innings, but it was clear Wednesday that he didn’t have the same command. He went straight from the mound to the trainer’s room for treatment.
“They told me to take it easy and we’ll go from there,” he said.