So what, exactly, is going on with Lincecum?
Manager Bruce Bochy said Lincecum has thrown a couple of bullpen sessions on the side and is recovering steadily from his hip injury. On the upcoming road trip through St. Louis and Pittsburgh, he’s expected to throw some afternoon batting practice in simulated game conditions.
There’s no timetable for his return, but know that Lincecum, a great athlete and tremendous competitor, is hardly giving up on the season. Nobody’s thinking about him now, but I’d bet he figures in the September pennant race somehow.
Here and there: Bochy said Nori Aoki “has his energy back” and is giving every indication he’ll be able to come off the 7-day concussion list on schedule in Pittsburgh Thursday night . . . The Giants are due to make a decision on catcher Andrew Susac after his catching stint with Sacramento today. Bochy is hoping to get him before the St. Louis series ends, and he’d be a welcome addition.
The Giants don’t want to give Buster Posey an overload of catching duties in these August “dog days.” . . . Another hit for Gregor today. He says he’s learned a lot from watching the hitting styles of Aoki and Joe Panik, and the evidence is glowing . . . Now that Koji Uehara is sidelined with a broken wrist, the Red Sox’ new closer is – Jean Machi? Indeed . . . On Sept. 30, the Giants will stage a tribute to the San Francisco-based sitcom “Full House.” As a prelude, they cut a one-minute video spoofing the show’s opening credits, and it’s pretty hilarious. Worth checking out on youtube or other outlets. I love the ultra-smooth Matt Duffy casually laughing as he removes his glasses.