Tim Lincecum took a major step toward getting back into games Thursday when he played long toss with Barry Zito and threw 25 to 30 pitches off the mound, reporting that his blistered middle finger felt fine.
"Today was all good news, and it's probably going to get better with more time," Lincecum said.
Lincecum was supposed to start Thursday's game against the Indians, nine days after he faced the Dodgers in his only Cactus League game. But he was scratched because the blister was not healed sufficiently for him to throw off a mound Tuesday as hoped.
The staff decided to treat the finger for a few extra days. Lincecum soaks his finger in a solution of acidic liquids, including lime and pickle juices, to toughen the skin "so it doesn't feel like a bee sting in my finger anymore."
"It's super-sensitive," he said. "It just took a little bit longer because the blister was so deep it took a long time for the layer to desensitize, and to toughen up so it wouldn't become a further problem."
With less than four weeks before his first scheduled regular-season start, Lincecum has thrown only 1 1/3 Cactus League innings. Manager Bruce Bochy said he is not concerned because Lincecum will have plenty of chances to throw before then.
"With all the time we've got, I don't mind at all," Bochy said. "I don't mind backing off a guy with all the time we have."


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