Looking to rebound from a couple of tough years, and prove he's worth the $35 million contract the San Francisco Giants gave him after last season, Tim Lincecum did something this offseason he'd never done before. He threw off a mound.
Lincecum's conditioning routine (like his wind-up) has always been a little different. In years past, he would show up at spring training having never thrown off a mound since baseball season ended. This year, however, he rented a warehouse in Seattle (he's from Washington), installed a synthetic mound and tried to change things up.
From Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Lincecum said he is tired of heading north after allowing gobs of hits and runs in the Cactus League for a lack of rhythm and starting the season “with a question mark and hoping. I want to start here and work up, and not necessarily take steps backwards.
“I just felt like more throwing would be the best thing I could do for myself,” he said, “not necessarily throwing hard, but getting good mechanics and the feel of that ball coming out of my hand from an earlier part of the offseason.”
The results were evident when he threw his first formal bullpen session of spring training Sunday. He repeated his delivery, kept the ball down and hit Buster Posey’s target quite a bit.
“He threw well, free and easy,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That Timmy, it’s like letting a horse out of the barn. He goes right away. He used all of his pitches and he was letting it go today.”
You'll also notice in the photo above that Timmy is also rocking something of a mustache these days. Offseason throwing changes? Facial hair? Whatever it takes to get that ERA back under 4.00, man.
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