Lincecum available in relief for potential Game 6

Lincecum available in relief for potential Game 6

ST. LOUIS -- The Giants would first have to get there, obviously. But manager Bruce Bochy has indicated that Game 4 starter Tim Lincecum would be able to bounce back in time to resume his relief chores if there is a Game 6 in the National League Championship Series.


If the Giants return the NLCS to San Francisco with a win in Friday night's Game 5, the next game would be in AT&T Park on Sunday -- giving Lincecum two days' rest after going 4 2/3 innings in Thursday's 8-3 loss.

Bochy, in fact, thought Lincecum would've been ready to go Saturday, were that a game day.

"I think just a day off is all he needs, and [the schedule] would give him two days off," Bochy said a couple of hours prior to Friday's game. "So he would be available. If we could get this [Game 5], he'd be available for Game 6.

"He's resilient, and he didn't throw all that many pitches."

Lincecum made 91 pitches in what had been his first start in the postseason, his first in 2 1/2 weeks.

Bochy would love the opportunity to again wave him in from the bullpen -- primarily because it would mean there is a Game 6, but also because the erstwhile starter has lit it up out of the bullpen in three postseason appearances, allowing only three hits and one run while fanning nine in 8 1/3 innings.