Lincecum says blister 'not a big deal'

Posted: October 15, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - A blister problem on Tim Lincecum's pitching hand has resurfaced, calling into question how often he might be able to pitch in the National League Championship Series, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

"It's not a big deal, and we're taking care of it," Lincecum told the newspaper.

Lincecum has had extensive treatment. The blister came back during his complete game against the Braves in Game 1 of the division series. Lincecum had 14 strikeouts.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy is not ruling out that Lincecum could pitch three times if the series went seven games, but conceded the blister issue could "come in play" when he makes his decision.

However, Bochy said, "It's under control."

The upcoming potentially heavy workload will come after a layoff from his win over the Braves on Oct. 7.

"Good and bad," Lincecum said of the layoff. "You can reflect on the past weekend and also get ready for the next series."

Lincecum had a disastrous August, going 0-5 with a 7.82 earned run average. With the addition of a slider that Matt Cain helped him develop and a change to his workout routine, he dominated in September, going 5-1 with a 1.94 ERA.

"I reversed my upper body day and my lower body [workout] day, started doing stadiums to keep my stamina and legs up," he said. "As they say, so go your legs go, so go the pitcher. I'm starting to really believe in that. That made everything easier for my mechanics. It became second nature so I didn't have to worry about it that much."

Lincecum said he does not feel any extra pressure opposing Roy Halladay, but he understands how tough a challenge the Phillies present.

"They're the team to beat," he said. "They've been there before and they're there again. So it'll be us trying to knock them off." *

Gideon Rubin contributed to this report.

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