Tim Lincecum is forever on a quest to return to baseball. And we root for him every step of the way. Some of us wish it were with the Giants. Others of us root for him to succeed elsewhere. But I doubt there are many Giants fans who would root against him.
Unfortunately, luck has not been on Timmy’s side. He had an awful stint with the Angels that led to him being out of the game for more than a year. There was much speculation as to where he was and what he was doing. And it turned out he was working hard on another attempt to return to the game, with a picture surfacing late last year of a ripped Timmy working out.
This year he announced a showcase with lowered expectations, with him being open to a position in the bullpen, and ultimately signed with the Texas Rangers. There was speculation that he could be in contention for the role of their closer. I, for one, was anxious to see him on a baseball field again, as soon as possible.
Sadly, this was not to be, as he ended spring training on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger. A blister that, annoyingly, refuses to go away. This has led to the decision by the Rangers to retroactively move him to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Renato Nunez, who they just signed off of waivers.
Lincecum cannot be activated until May 28th, however he can begin a rehab assignment as soon as April 28th. We wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him play baseball again almost as much as he looks forward to doing it.