SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Lincecum comfortably threw 32 pitches Saturday in a simulated game as he passed the final test for resuming Cactus League activity.
Lincecum, who missed two starts due to a blister on the middle finger of his right (throwing) hand, will rejoin the rotation Tuesday night when the Giants entertain the San Diego Padres.
"He's all set to go now," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Good day for Timmy."
San Francisco's No. 3 starter admitted that being temporarily sidelined frustrated him.
"You kind of get into the rhythm of things when spring starts and then all of a sudden you run into something like this, especially as stupid as this can be, that keeps you from doing something that you should be doing all day and every day," Lincecum said. "But to get back out there and know that it's not going to be an issue from here on out -- at least I hope it's not -- makes me feel good."
Facing Minor Leaguers Brock Bond, Gary Brown and Nick Noonan, Lincecum threw his entire repertoire of pitches, indicating that his finger's condition had improved considerably. Lincecum totaled three strikeouts, victimizing Noonan twice and Brown once.
"I feel like my timing is definitely good, considering the time off that I had," Lincecum said. "I didn't feel like anything was too far off."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less