Lincecum faced seven batters in Wednesday's 8-3 win to open the World Series, striking out five batters in a perfect 2 1/3 innings. He had said after the game that he thought he'd be able to pitch in Game 2 if needed, but manager Bruce Bochy pointed to Guillermo Mota, George Kontos and Santiago Casilla as his main options out of the bullpen in the middle innings.
"We'll do all we can to stay away from him tonight," Bochy said of Lincecum on Thursday. "My guess is that he'll go out there today and throw and say 'I'm good.' But I don't see us using him outside of an emergency."
Lincecum has developed into a dangerous and dependable weapon for the Giants out of the bullpen, compiling a 0.84 ERA in 10 2/3 innings as a reliever this postseason.