3/29/2014 5:41 P.M. ET
Lincecum confident in being ready for first start
By Alex Espinoza / Special to MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Less than 24 hours after being drilled by a line drive in his lower left leg, Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum sounded optimistic that he'll be able to make his first start of the season on Thursday in Arizona.
Lincecum collapsed to the ground and had to be helped off the field on Friday in the fourth inning, but said he sustained nothing more than a bad bone bruise. Asked if he'll be able to make his 2014 debut as scheduled, Lincecum on Saturday said, "I don't want to miss it. Right now, I feel like where I'm at right now, I should be fine by the time that comes around."
Likewise, Giants skipper Bruce Bochy is hoping to have Lincecum ready for the fourth game of the season.
"He's doing fairly well,," Bochy said. "I think right now, we're pretty comfortable that he'll be OK to go. Again, we'll keep an eye on him."
Lincecum's leg was wrapped as he walked around the clubhouse on Saturday, but he did so without a limp. He also rode on an exercise bike for about 10 minutes, but said he doesn't know when he'll pitch again.
For now, he's just icing and waiting for the OK from the team doctors.
"I'm able to walk on it and I'm moving around fine," Lincecum said. "But I think the trainers are going to want me to just take it slow. Probably take it day by day and see how it progresses. Just got to play it by ear."
The 29-year-old has struggled in recent years since winning back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2008-09. Lincecum will surely be under the microscope once again this season after San Francisco signed him to a two-year, $35 million deal in October.
The way things stand now, it appears Lincecum will keep his career-long streak of staying off the disabled list intact.
"He's gifted with a rubber arm," Bochy said. "He's resilient."
Giants healthy, motivated entering regular season
OAKLAND -- With a downpour that caused a cancellation and sewage problems at the Coliseum, the Giants and A's had an unceremonious end to Spring Training on Saturday.
The exhibition finale was cancelled because of inclement weather, while the A's coaching staff had to deal with overflowing showers and toilets in their locker room. But by Monday, the Giants will be in sunny Arizona to start the regular season, trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 campaign when they went 76-86 to finish in a third-place tie in the division.
"It was a tough year. We should learn from it," center fielder Angel Pagan said. "You don't want to be the team that goes home and watches the playoffs. We're a winning team. We've always had a winning environment and we need to get back to that."
The Giants posted a 17-12 record in Spring Training. More importantly, they made it through camp without any major injuries.
Marco Scutaro (back) and Jeremy Affeldt (knee) will start the season on the 15-day disabled list, and their absences will surely be felt to begin the year. Tim Lincecum also experienced a scare on Friday when he was drilled in the lower left leg on a comebacker from Daric Barton, but the bone bruise doesn't look too serious.
Otherwise, this roster is healthy and hungry to capture the form that led to World Series titles in 2010 and 2012.
"The talent is there. The health is there," Pagan said. "We all believe in what we've got, and what we've got is special."
With his bullpen regulars tuned up for Opening Day, the Giants recalled Minor League relievers Edwin Escobar and Michael Kickham to be ready for action on Saturday.
"Those two joined us today to help give us innings. … Both of these guys were scheduled to pitch today, so it's good for them," Bochy said prior to the game being cancelled.
Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.