Thought I'd Share this article by Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News
Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum is sure to get a raucous ovation when he takes the mound Monday in his first start since throwing a no-hitter. It likely won't be anywhere close to the last chance the home crowd has to show appreciation.
During an interview on KNBR on Thursday, general manager Brian Sabean shot down recent Lincecum trade rumors.
"I expect Timmy to be in a Giant uniform," Sabean said. "I find it hard to believe that he'd pitch elsewhere this year."
That was a relief to Lincecum, who said he has never been approached by management about potential deals. Should the Giants fall out of the race, Lincecum, a free agent at the end of the year, could be a valuable addition to a contender looking for a starter or reliever. But he's happy right where he is.
"I've always had a great time here in San Francisco," he said. "I hope to see that go further."
Lincecum said he feels healthy after throwing 148 pitches on Saturday. Without the All-Star break, Thursday would have been his next turn in the rotation, and he said he would have been ready to go.
"Things are good," he said. "I feel normal. I felt fine today when I was throwing."
The Giants got a light workout in Thursday afternoon in advance of Friday's second-half opener. Manager Bruce Bochy checked with several players but didn't have any concerns about Lincecum.
"I'm just glad I don't see a cast on his arm," Bochy said, smiling.
Angel Pagan has been working out in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has been swinging a bat and throwing. Bochy said the Giants and Pagan remain optimistic that the leadoff hitter will return before the season ends.
Pagan was put on the disabled list on May 28 with a strained left hamstring. He had surgery on June 25.
"He's coming along quite well," Bochy said.
The Giants and Cincinnati Reds get to add a 26th player for Tuesday's doubleheader at AT&T Park, and the Giants will add a starter from Triple-A Fresno. Bochy said Mike Kickham, Eric Surkamp and Yusmeiro Petit are options. Surkamp, however, had a rough outing for the Grizzlies on Thursday, allowing six runs on 10 hits in 42/3 innings against Tacoma.
The four All-Stars (Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Marco Scutaro and Sergio Romo) were excused from the workout at AT&T Park, along with two players (Jeff Francoeur and Sandy Rosario) who became fathers over the break.
Only Posey saw action during the All-Star game, but Bochy said a couple other Giants nearly got in the game. Scutaro would have pinch-hit in the ninth inning if the American League used left-hander Glen Perkins, and Romo was set to pitch an inning if the National League had rallied late. Bumgarner was being saved as a long reliever.