SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Fortunately for Tim Lincecum, his first spring session of pitching batting practice wasn't recorded for posterity. Lincecum admitted throwing the kind of pitches Monday that might have been crushed in a regular-season game: high fastballs. Well, not overly elevated, but "mid-thigh-high," in Lincecum's words. But this was a February morning and not a hot August night, so Lincecum was safe to get his work in. In fact, he considered the stint a productive one overall, rating it an 8.5 on an ascending scale of one to 10.
"It wasn't as sharp as I was hoping," Lincecum said, referring to the command of his fastball. But, he added, "My changeup felt good and my rhythm felt good."
Though Lincecum confronted Andrew Susac, Francisco Peguero, Conor Gillaspie and Justin Christian, instead of, say, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and James Loney, the opportunity to face hitters excited him."It's hard not to kind of get a little more amped up, let the adrenaline kind of take you over, on that first day when a batter steps in," Lincecum said. "It is a game-type atmosphere. You're not working with counts or anything, but it's like, 'Hey, I'm going against a hitter right now,' which is what I do for a job." Manager Bruce Bochy hinted that Lincecum could start Saturday's exhibition opener against Arizona, but wouldn't officially announce the assignment.