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Tim Lincecum | Relief Pitcher | #44

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/15/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 170
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Washington
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (10) / SF
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Rangers released RHP Tim Lincecum.
The Rangers had until Wednesday to make a roster decision on the former Cy Young Award winner, but have instead given Lincecum his outright release on Tuesday evening. Signed close to the end of spring training, the right-hander posted a 5.68 ERA and walked nine hitters in just 12 2/3 innings at Triple-A Round Rock while dealing with a blister issue. He's now free to sign with any other team; likely on another minor league contract with a similar opt-out clause. Jun 5 - 6:41 PM

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The Rangers will have to make a decision on Tim Lincecum (blister) being added to the active roster by Wednesday.

As Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram puts it, the Rangers have three options: activate Lincecum, release him, or ask him to stay in the minor leagues and reassign him to Triple-A. The former Cy Young Award winner owns a 5.68 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock, and he's walked nine hitters in his 12 2/3 innings. It would be surprising if the Rangers were to call up Lincecum at this point, so there's a strong chance we'll see him hit the free agent market later this week.
Jun 5 - 4:30 PM

Tim Lincecum (blister) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment for the time being.

Lincecum was eligible to return from the 60-day disabled list on Monday, but the Rangers didn't make a move. The former Cy Young Award winner originally landed on the disabled list with a blister, but he's healthy now and mostly just trying to get back into form. He's posted a 7.45 ERA and 10/7 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 innings with Triple-A Round Rock. After being scored upon in four straight appearances, he struck out two and walked one in one scoreless inning of work in his most recent appearance on Saturday. His 30-day rehab window expires on June 5, so something will have to give soon.
May 29 - 10:51 AM

Tim Lincecum (blister) allowed one run on two hits and a walk over two-plus innings of work in his latest rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

Lincecum allowed just a walk over his first two innings before allowing two hits to begin his third inning of work. The run scored after he was pulled from the game. Lincecum has reportedly topped out at 90 mph during his rehab stint and owns a shaky 6.48 ERA and 8/6 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings. He's eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list, but he can stay on his rehab stint until June 6. That's the more realistic target at this time. Lincecum figures to join the Rangers' bullpen eventually, but expectations should be modest.
May 22 - 1:00 PM

Tim Lincecum (blister) gave up a run in an inning of work on Wednesday during a rehab game with Triple-A Round Rock.

Lincecum has now given up three runs in two innings in his first two games with the Triple-A affiliate. Jeff Wilson of Forth Worth Star Telegram reports that Lincecum had his fastball up to 90 mph. He's likely going to need at least a few more appearances before he gets called up, and he's not eligible to come back until the end of May, anyway. Lincecum should be up with Texas before the end of June.
May 9 - 11:22 PM

Tim Lincecum (blister) gave up two runs in one inning Monday in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock.

Lincecum was shaky early on, walking the leadoff batter before giving up an RBI double. He would go on to throw a wild pitch to let another run in, though he recovered by striking out the final two batters he faced. "It was pretty nerve-wracking," said Lincecum, who was throwing in the 83-90 mph range. "The first three batters or so, my nerves were gone and my legs were shaking a little bit. But I shook it off after that." Lincecum is rehabbing from a blister on his right middle finger and isn't eligible to return from the disabled list until the end of May. He should have plenty of time to shake the rust in preparation for a role out of the Rangers' bullpen.
Source: MiLB.com
May 8 - 10:07 AM

Tim Lincecum (blister) will begin a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Round Rock.

Lincecum threw a 26-pitch bullpen session Saturday and passed the test, setting up his rehab trip. Being on the 60-day disabled list, Lincecum can't return until the end of May, so it'll be a nice long rehab assignment for the right-hander.
May 5 - 7:37 PM

Tim Lincecum (blister) will begin pitching in extended spring training games this weekend.

It's unclear how many extended spring appearances he'll make before beginning an official rehab assignment. Lincecum isn't eligible to be activated from the disabled list until late May.
Apr 30 - 5:18 PM

Tim Lincecum (blister) is headed to Arizona to begin a throwing program.

Lincecum will begin the program on Friday and throw in Arizona while the Rangers on the road. If everything goes as planned, the right-hander could begin a rehab assignment on May 6. That would put him on track to be activated in late May, which is when he'll be eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Apr 25 - 11:36 PM

Tim Lincecum (blister) is throwing to hitters on Tuesday.

It sounds like Lincecum should be ready to join the Rangers' bullpen when first eligible at the end of May. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list March 29 after developing a blister on his throwing hand early in spring training and then got transferred to the 60-day DL on April 15, though there hasn't been a setback.
Apr 24 - 4:02 PM

Rangers transferred RHP Tim Lincecum to the 60-day disabled list.

This was done as a procedural move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Renato Nunez. Lincecum has been working through some blister issues, but the Rangers are hopeful he'll be able to contribute during the first half.
Apr 15 - 4:20 PM

Tim Lincecum (finger) was able to throw a successful bullpen session on Friday.

The right-hander will repeat the process again on Sunday. Barring any further setbacks in his recovery from a blister on his right middle finger, Lincecum should be able to join the Rangers' bullpen in early May.
Apr 13 - 10:36 PM

Tim Lincecum was forced to push back a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday due to his ongoing blister issues.

The right-hander is forced to take things day-by-day at the moment as he battles a blister on his right middle finger. Lincecum gave more detail, "There is no irritation, we just don't want to compound the issue. Physically I feel in shape, but I don't want to compound the finger and set myself back further." He's still expected to join the Rangers' bullpen at some point in early May.
Source: MLB.com
Apr 8 - 9:52 PM

Tim Lincecum (hand) threw a bullpen session on Monday.

Lincecum's blister has subsided, but he essentially needs to work through a full spring training throwing program and isn't expected to join the Rangers' bullpen until May 1. The veteran right-hander signed a one-year, $1 million free agent contract with Texas in early March. He'll likely work in middle relief once he's activated.
Apr 2 - 7:30 PM

Rangers placed RHP Tim Lincecum on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his right hand.

Lincecum said Wednesday that his goal is to join the Rangers' bullpen around the beginning of May. He developed a blister soon after arriving at spring training and didn't see any action in the Cactus League.
Mar 29 - 11:37 AM

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