Once known for his World Series heroics, three-time World Series Champion and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum made his comeback start with Triple-A Salt Lake Bees. It was his first start since June 27th of last season with the San Fransisco Giants. He is coming off of his September hip surgery.
In the outing on Thursday, Lincecum threw 5 innings, 3 hits, 3 ERs, 3 BBs, and 5Ks. He threw 88 pitches, 48 strikes, and his fast ball recorded at 88-89 mph. According to FanGraphs, this would mean his velocity in back on par with his 2014 campaign in which his average fastball was 89.6mph. Last season his average fastball was sitting around 87.2mph, again from FanGraphs.
Bud Black, who is special assistant to the Angels general manager and former Angels pitching coach, attended and commented on Lincecum’s comeback game.
“I’ve seen him a lot over the years, and the delivery, the arm action looked like Tim Lincecum, which is a good sign.” Black would later then add, “physically, he looked good. This is for him, his spring training in a way. He’s got to build pitch count, he’s got to build stamina and he accomplished that tonight in a first step to getting back.”
Tim Lincecum is 107-83 for his career with a career ERA of 3.83. A question that might be coming back with Lincecum is whether or not he will be a Hall of Famer. In 8 seasons, as listed above, he was 3 World Series rings and 2 Cy Youngs. He is one of only 17 pitchers in MLB history to have multiple Cy Young awards. An obvious negative to his career this far is his longevity, but if he comes back and adds a couple more solid seasons to his resume things could get interesting.
He is reportedly, per ESPN, going to have one more minor league start before joining the Angels on June 12th against the Cleveland Indians.