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FanShottotheNuts Kawakami: Tim Lincecum paying a price for heavy workload

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Some key quotes: "Lincecum was pushed too hard the past two seasons, threw too many pitches at too young an age with too slight a frame, and the result is a decidedly less lively right arm in 2010." "He might need a rest, but of course, the Giants are in a pennant race and cannot afford to give him one." "From the start of the 2008 season through Friday, Lincecum has thrown 9,764 pitches, the fourth-highest total in baseball over that period." "Lincecum's average fastball in 2008 was 94.1 mph... This year, his average fastball is down to 91.3 mph. That's a loss of almost 3 mph in two years... in 2008 Lincecum threw his fastball 66.1 percent of the time. This year, his fastball percentage is down to 55.5 percent." "It's probably time for the Giants and Lincecum to acknowledge the simple truth of this and start considering the proper remedies." Opinion: Ted Lilly's looking pretty good right about now. I'd like to taste some of that Carlos Zambrano. If you believe in miracles, Dontrelle Willis is in AAA.

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