Lincecum feels fine after returning from blister

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In just his second start of Spring Training, Tim Lincecum felt he accomplished everything he set out to do.

"Just getting out there, obviously. Right now we are trying to build arm strength and still work on things," Lincecum said. "We accomplished both those today."

Lincecum, a two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, missed two scheduled starts because he had a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. Lincecum said there were no issues with the finger and he felt fine.

In Tuesday's start against the Padres, Lincecum pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs. The right-hander gave up four hits, struck out three and had his fastball clocked at 93 mph.

Prior to the game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the organization would be happy if they got 45 pitches out of Lincecum. They got 43.

While Lincecum was pleased with the pitch count, he was happiest with his ability to turn it on and off as he sat down between innings.

"The up and down of going from one inning to the next, that's the biggest thing," Lincecum said. "Getting that time off and then going out there for another inning, so being able to get up and down is probably the biggest issue right now. [I am] trying to work on that and on elongating [my] outing."

In his next scheduled start, Lincecum hopes to throw about 60 pitches. The right-hander figures to have about four starts left this spring and said he will make it work to be ready for the regular season.

If necessary, Lincecum acknowledged he could pitch with the Giants' Minor League teams during Spring Training for extra work.

William Boor is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.